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Petrarch – Late medieval Italy

By |2018-04-09T10:31:12-07:00August 4th, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

A portrait of Petrarch Petrarch (Francesco Petrarca in Italian) was born in 1304 AD in Arezzo, in northern Italy. His father was a lawyer, and when Petrarch was a teenager his father made him study law too. But Petrarch hated law. He just wanted to write poetry and read Latin books. Another young Italian writer who [...]

Medieval literature – Europe

By |2018-04-24T09:23:15-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Medieval Book (Cluny Museum, Paris) In the Early Middle Ages, as the Roman Empire was collapsing, the new power of Christianity inspired Augustine, in North Africa, and Pope Gregory the Great in Italy. They both wrote new books in Latin about Christian philosophy. In Constantinople, Procopius wrote in Greek about Justinian's conquests. And about the same time, Cassiodorus in Italy [...]

The Clerk’s Tale – Chaucer – Canterbury Tales

By |2019-04-09T12:10:27-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Just like the Clerk's Tale: Clerks in the Manessa Codex (1300 AD) A story from Boccaccio Chaucer's Clerk's Tale is actually taken from one of Boccaccio's stories, and because of that the story's action happens in Italy. Who was Boccaccio? Who was Chaucer? More medieval literature All our medieval Europe articles What's the Clerk's [...]

Chaucer – Canterbury Tales – Middle Ages

By |2019-03-20T11:37:55-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Chaucer's tomb in Westminster Abbey Who was Chaucer? Geoffrey Chaucer was born about 1343 AD, probably in London, England, during the Hundred Years' War. His father seems to have been pretty well off; he sold wine to bars and taverns. What's the Hundred Years' War? Medieval literature All our Medieval Europe articles Chaucer's mother was also well [...]

Boccaccio – Decameron – Medieval literature

By |2019-02-14T05:45:55-07:00August 3rd, 2017|Literature, Medieval|

Florence, Italy Who was Boccaccio? Most of the people who knew how to write in the early Middle Ages were monks. So most of them wrote about serious things like God and Heaven and Hell. Even writers who weren't monks, like Dante, usually wrote about Christian ideas. Who was Dante? More medieval literature All our medieval Europe articles [...]

Republic of Florence – Medieval Italy

By |2019-06-10T21:04:22-07:00August 2nd, 2017|History, Medieval|

Romanesque baptistery in the Republic of Florence, Italy Florence ruled by Matilda of Canossa The last of the Carolingian Holy Roman Emperors died in 924 AD. Then northern Italy - including Florence and nearby Genoa - fell under the power of the Counts of Canossa. First Boniface III ruled Italy, then his daughter Matilda. They kept the peace [...]

Vessantara Jataka – Buddhism – India

By |2019-04-04T06:34:27-07:00July 21st, 2017|India|

Vessantara and Maddi and their two children (Sanchi stupa, Northern Gateway, ca. 50 BC) - a Jataka story Another Jataka story This Buddhist story is a Jataka tale from about 400 BC. Jataka tales illustrate Buddhist ideas, like Bible stories for Christians. What is Buddhism? More Jataka stories More Indian stories All our India articles Vessantara decides [...]