Late medieval society

  • David Herlihy
Part of the Documentary History of Western Civilization book series (DHWC)


In his Preface to his Decameron, which was written between 1348 and 1353, the Florentine author Giovanni Boccaccio has left us one of the most detailed descriptions of the onslaught of the Black Death in 1348. His precise estimate of a hundred thousand dead at Florence may be somewhat exaggerated, but there is no denying that the carnage reached terrible dimensions.


Canterbury Tale Medieval Society Black Death Good Fellow Medieval Culture 
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© David Herlihy 1968

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