The Pléiade: the late Renaissance poet Jean-Antoine de Baïf

The late Renaissance poet Jean Antoine de Baïf was born on the 19th of February 1532 (died on the 19th of September 1589). A member of the Pléiade, he headed this literary group together its chief members such as Pierre de Ronsard and Joachim du Bellay. These men met at...

A Fabulous, yet Sad, Life: Giovanni Boccaccio

Giovanni Boccaccio!  He is inextricably connected with the Renaissance, just as Petrarch is.  Boccaccio was a man of the Renaissance in almost every sense. Born to a Tuscan merchant Boccaccio di Chellino, Giovanni came into the world in the summer of 1313.  The exact date and place of Giovanni’s birth...