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History of the Devil: The Age of the Reformation
Propelled by humanism, Renaissance scholars sought to revive the study of classical literature, as well as to create new literature in the spirit of the classics. Renaissance authors embraced humanism by injecting a measure of realism (physical, social, emotional) into the characters, plots, and settings of this new literature, distinguishing it from medieval work (which lacked such realism). Though some new creative writing was produced in Latin, the dominance of vernacular languages (which had been established by medieval writers) would not be displaced.
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The Renaissance overlaps with most of the Reformation, in which much of northern Europe was converted to Protestantism (see ). Since Protestantism emphasizes salvation through individual faith (as opposed to relying on clergy as intermediaries), its adherents were encouraged to become literate and personally read the Bible. Rates of literacy improved, and the Bible was translated into many vernacular languages (including a German translation by Luther).
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Boccaccio, the greatest writer of Italian prose, is renowned chiefly for the Decameron, a collection of one hundred short stories. The tales, ranging from earthy comedies to romantic tragedies, are framed by a story of ten travellers, each of whom tells ten stories in order to pass the time. Many of the stories were not freshly composed by Boccaccio, but rather skilful reworkings of folktales. (Indeed, creative adaptation of preexisting work has been common artistic practice in all media throughout history.) The firm humanism of Boccaccio's work (e.g. the realistic speech and behaviour of his characters) secure his place as a distinctly Renaissance author.
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As noted in the previous article, epic legends (in the form of narrative poetry and prose) are by far the most prominent works of medieval literature; consequently, even though many other types of literature flourished during the Middle Ages, these are relatively unfamiliar to modern readers. Fortunately, much of the character of medieval literature is present in the works of the fourteenth-century Italian authors, given that they stand at the very dawn of the Renaissance era. Through Petrarch, one is exposed to the qualities of medieval lyric poetry; through Boccaccio, to the qualities of non-epic medieval story-telling.