Terry Jones introduces another tasty Renaissance tale, starring John Finnemore as a lovelorn knight.
The one hundred stories which make up Giovanni Boccaccio’s humane and comic masterpiece, come from all over the world. This Renaissance work is considered a landmark in world literature.
The stories are vividly reset by Boccaccio among the flourishing merchant classes in the cities of fourteenth-century Italy. But their witty, satirical, bawdy voice sounds utterly modern, and their subjects – love, fate, sex, religion, morality – are universal.
Today’s theme is “Lovers who, after many disasters, finally find happiness.”
Courtly Federigo spends every last groat trying to win the affections of the beautiful Monna. But there is only one thing of his that she wants. And it has feathers.
Don’t forget to listen to this, tonight at 10.45 on Radio 3. Starring John Finnemore & Carrie Quinlan!
It’s on in 2 minutes! Listen here!
Federigo and His Falcon, Decameron Nights: Ten Italian Indelicacies Remixed from Boccaccio, The Essay – BBC Radio 3
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