Christian Literature Vs. Renaissance Literature

Demonstrative examples of early Renaissance literature (Boccaccio's The Decameron and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales) made interesting breaks from the literary tradition of Biblical, Medieval, and early Christian literature. These breaks took place chiefly in the areas of sovereignty, ethics (or law), and sanctions. There were breaks in the areas of authority  and succession as well. These pieces of literature followed … Continue reading Christian Literature Vs. Renaissance Literature


Girolamo Savonarola

Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498) was a very interesting figure in the history of Florence. He was a Dominican Friar and an extremely persuasive speaker. He was very much against the Renaissance and its ideas. His persuasive anti-Renaissance preaching influenced important people, including Pico della Mirandola, Michelangelo, and the painter Botticelli who decided to devote his skills … Continue reading Girolamo Savonarola

‘The Decameron’: Short Stories or the Account of the Plague?

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375)'s book, The Decameron, was a series of short stories (100 in all) that were told through seven young women and three young men. These people were taking refuge from the plague in an abandoned villa, and told these stories to amuse themselves. It was written shortly after the Black Death. The Decameron … Continue reading ‘The Decameron’: Short Stories or the Account of the Plague?