The Understandability of ‘Acts and Monuments’

The language that Foxe used in his over 2,000 page, small print book Acts and Monuments is almost understandable. This book was one of the first English literary pieces written, so it shaped and established the use of English literature for the future. Writers after him used his work as an example for their own … More The Understandability of ‘Acts and Monuments’

A Cunning Old Man

The Pardoner’s Tale found in the Canterbury Tales contained a story about three friends who made a vow to kill death. The three men encountered an old man who insisted that he couldn’t die, when the men heard this astonishing fact they immediately wanted to know where they could find death. The friends demanded that … More A Cunning Old Man

The Illegitimate Story

“Why did Boccaccio have the first story teller invoke God?” In the first novel of Boccaccio’s Decameron Boccaccio had one of the characters (one of the story tellers) invoke God at the beginning and at the end of the novel.   [For clarification purposes invoke means to call for with earnest desire.] With the definition of … More The Illegitimate Story