What better time to read Boccaccio’s “Decameron” than while self-isolating during a deadly pandemic.
Written in the 1300s, the setting of the book is in a country villa where 10 men and women sought refuge from the Plague, the Black Death, that had invaded their Italian city of Florence.
Interesting fact: Like the Wuhan Coronavirus, the Plague also began in China. (See photo.)
I’ve only started reading it, but the themes are very Catholic, and it’s very interesting to read how the 14th-century Catholic thought and lived.
If you read any or all of it, please, share your thoughts! If nothing else, please, read the “Preface to the Ladies.”
Some of the online versions are a bit stilted, but there is a “contemporary” translation by George Henry McWilliam, a Penguin Classic. I am reading the Frances Winwar translation and find it quite understandable.