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Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio was born in 1313, perhaps in Certaldo, the son of an unknown woman and of Boccaccino di Chellino, who married the noblewoman Margherita dei Mardoli in 1314. Giovanni was raised in Florence and received a standard urban education. In 1327 his father was appointed head of the Naples branch of the Bardi bank. But rejecting a banking career, Giovanni went on to study law at the University of Naples. In Naples his father introduced him to the court of King Robert the Wise, and...See more