Investigating the Black Death Contents

Activity Two: Primary Source Interpretation

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Activity Two: Primary Source Interpretation

Read source 1 and 2 and then respond to the discussion questions below.

About the authors of Source 1 and Source 2

Boccaccio was the illegitimate son of a merchant family. Although poetry was his love from an early age, his father made him serve an apprenticeship in commerce. He was not in Florence in 1348 when the Black Death struck the city, though he described it in his masterpiece, the book called The Decameron. It is a book of stories in which seven young women and three young men of Florence leave the city for the hills. They are fleeing the plague which, according to Boccaccio, killed upwards of 100,000 people during its height from March to July.

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