An image from a title page of the Decameron

The Decameron is a collection of 100 tales, told by refugees from the plague in Florence.

No translation was published during Shakespeare's lifetime. But one author, William Painter, built many of the tales into his own book, Palace of Pleasure (1567).

Shakespeare himself drew from the Decameron when he wrote All's Well That Ends Well and Two Gentlemen of Verona.
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