Giovanni Boccaccio's Mysterious Death

A New Diagnosis for the Great Medieval Poet and Writer

Francesco Maria Galassi

Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), was one of the greatest poets and writers of the Middle Ages (counted, alongside Petrarch and Dante, as one of Italy's ‘Three Crowns').
Date Published :
June 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Contributor(s) :
Michael Papio, Giovanni Spani
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 black and white illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781526716477
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375), was one of the greatest poets and writers of the Middle Ages (counted, alongside Petrarch and Dante, as one of Italy’s ‘Three Crowns’). His many works, including his masterpiece, the _Decameron_, played a fundamental role in the history of literature and ideas throughout the Renaissance and influenced other famous writers, such as Chaucer, Cervantes and Shakespeare.

Giovanni Boccaccio’s fatal disease and cause of death have long remained a mystery. Now, for the first time, a thorough multidisciplinary reassessment has finally been carried out. By combining philological and clinical approaches, the authors have at last offered a solid retrospective diagnosis based upon a study of his correspondence, poetry and iconography, as well as references to his physical decay in contemporary and later sources. In so doing they cast a light not only on Boccaccio’s life and death but on living conditions, health and medical knowledge in late Medieval and early Renaissance Europe. The authors also address the enigma of the whereabouts of Boccaccio’s remains, which they hope to locate and examine in future.

About The Author
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Francesco Maria Galassi MD qualified as a doctor at the University of Bologna in his native Italy in 2014 and is currently on a postdoctoral internship at the University of Uttrecht in the Netherlands. He has also attended courses at Imperial College London, Oxford, Cambridge and New York universities. Alongside his medical qualifications, he has a deep interest in ancient history and particularly the history of medicine. He is proficient in both Latin and Ancient Greek as well as English, French, German, Dutch and Spanish.

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