Famous Women by Giovanni Boccaccio
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Famous Women
By Giovanni Boccaccio

Famous Women

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Famous Women by Giovanni Boccaccio

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The more than 100 women whose life stories make up this volume range from the exemplary to the notorious, from historical and mythological figures to Renaissance contemporaries of its author, the master storyteller Giovanni Boccaccio. The first collection of biographies in Western literature devoted exclusively to women, "Famous Women" affords a fascinating glimpse of a moment in history when mediaeval attitudes toward women were beginning to give way to more modern views of their potential. Virginia Brown's translation, commissioned for the I Tatti Renaissance Library, is the first English edition based on the autograph manuscript of the Latin.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674011304
ISBN-10: 0674011309
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 133mm x 22mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Books By Author Giovanni Boccaccio

Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio Decameron, Paperback (November 2015)

"If you want the true, mixed, fourteenth-century book that Boccaccio wrote, choose Rebhorn."-Joan Acocella, The New Yorker

Tales from the Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio Tales from the Decameron, Paperback (October 2015)

Includes tales as 'Isabella and the Pot of Basil' (famously adapted by Keats) and 'Patient Griselda' alongside many boisterous and daring stories featuring faithless wives, philandering priests and curious nuns.

Mrs Rosie and the Priest by Giovanni Boccaccio Mrs Rosie and the Priest, Paperback (February 2015)

Contains four provocative stories from Boccaccio's Decameron, featuring cuckolded husbands, cross-dressing wives and very bad priests.

Genealogy of the Pagan Gods by Giovanni Boccaccio Genealogy of the Pagan Gods, Hardback (May 2011)

The goal of Boccaccio's Genealogy of the Pagan Gods is to plunder ancient and medieval literary sources to create a massive synthesis of Greek and Roman mythology. This is volume 1 of a three-volume set of Boccaccio's complete 15-book work. It contains a famous defense of the value of studying ancient pagan poetry in a Christian world.

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Author Biography - Giovanni Boccaccio

VIRGINIA BROWN is Senior Fellow, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto.

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