Boccaccio, Petrarch and Machiavelli Comparison Essay by hicaliber

Boccaccio, Petrarch and Machiavelli
A comparative literature review of the works of Giovanni Boccaccio, Petrarch and Machiavelli.
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In this paper, the researcher examines the text of Giovanni Boccaccio's "The Decameron", Petrarch's "Letters to Posterity", and selected passages of Machiavelli's "The Prince", in an effort to show and explain social changes from the Middle Ages. Where needed, quotes from the actual works are used for clearer understanding. The writer concludes, based on the literature review, that with regard to social history and change, the general nature of the human race has remained virtually unchanged for millennia.

Boccaccio, The Decameron, and Social Change in the Middle Ages
Machiavelli's "The Prince" and Social Change
Works Cited

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Decameron. Trans. JM Rigg, Brown University Press, 1921.
  • Foster, Kenell. Petrarch: Poet and Humanist. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1987.
  • Machiavelli, Niccolo'. The Prince. Trans. Peter Bondanella and Mark Musa. Ed. Peter Bondanella. Oxford: Oxford University, 1998.

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