Boccaccio and the humanist tradition in the Cardiff Rare Books Collection


Special Collections and Archives / Casgliadau Arbennig ac Archifau

Commemorating the 700th anniversary of the birth of Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), the new exhibition in Cardiff University’s Special Collections and Archives features a selection of works by Boccaccio and his fellow humanists, Dante and Petrarch. The Cardiff Rare Books Collection is particularly rich in Italian literature of the late medieval and early Renaissance period, with all three authors amply represented, and we hold more than forty 15th and 16th century editions of Boccaccio’s works alone.

20130705_150346Boccaccio is considered one of the three great humanist writers from Italy, along with Dante Alighieri (c. 1265-1321) and Francesco Petrarca (1304-1374).  They were responsible for laying the foundations for a new humanist revival in re-examining the classical Roman and Greek works, and achieving a new literary style and standard that lasted for centuries – both Chaucer and Shakespeare were later influenced by Boccaccio, particularly his Decameron, the collection of 100 comic and tragic…

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