Golden Cup in Decameron

Golden Cup in Decameron

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Folio 82r in Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron. Dated between around 1400.

This manuscript was once in possession of Louis XIV (1661-1715). Boccaccio wrote his Decameron, a collection of a hundred stories, between 1349 and 1360. This folio contains the novella of Tancredi and Ghismunda. A golden cup and a human heart play an important role in the first novella of the fourth day in the Decameron.

Stories

  • Tancredi, Ghismunda and the Golden Cup

    story by Maria Zuijdwijk

    Objects seem to play an important role in Boccaccio’s stories. One novella in the Decameron tells about a father who loves his daughter so much, that it eventually leads to her death. A golden cup and a human heart play an important role in this novella. But what is the tragic part they play? Let us open with a few lines from the novella...

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