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Explain Giovanni Boccaccio the plague in Florence from the Decameron
The Decameron is a historical account of the bubonic plague that resulted in the death of
thousands of people in Florence in 1348. The author of the book, Giovanni Boccaccio was one of
the few people that survived the plague. Therefore he used the ten characters in the story to
illustrate the challenges faced by the victims of the plague, as well as efforts that were expended
to overcome them. According to certain groups of literary scholars, The Decameron is a story of
how the unplanned events can change the life of an individual from good to worse as seen in the
case of Boccaccio, who lost all members of his family to the plague (Clarke, 2012). Also, it is
about how this unfortunate event can unite people in an unconventional way.
Explain Bernal Diaz, Cites of Mexico
Bernal Diaz wrote Cites of Mexico as narrative of how the Spanish forces conquered
Mexico. As a member of the military that was dispatched to conquer the new found land, he used
the book to clarify some of the misinformation that were being spread by historians at the time.
In his opinion, the successful invasion of Mexico was not singly due to the brilliant military
leadership style of Hernan Cortes but to the combined efforts of all members of the troops
including the lowest ranked soldier. According to Restall (2012), some historical accounts that
depicted the Spanish forces as brutes were countered by Bernal Diaz in the book. In the defense
of the forces, he narrated that those acts were the inevitable realities of war, which was supported
by the hostile conditions the forces encountered.

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Running head: WORLD HISTORY 1 World History Name Institution WORLD HISTORY 2 World History Explain Giovanni Boccaccio the plague in Florence from the Decameron The Decameron is a historical account of the bubonic plague that resulted in the death of thousands of people in Florence in 1348. The author of the book, Giovanni Boccaccio was one of the few people that survived the plague. Therefore he used the ten characters in the story to illustrate the challenges faced by the victims of the plague, as well as efforts that were expended to overcome them. According to certain groups of literary scholars, The Decameron is a story of how the unplanned events can change the life of an individual from good to worse as seen in the case of Boccaccio, who lost all members of his family to the plague (Clarke, 2012). Also, it is about how this unfortunate event can unite people in an unconventional way. Explain Bernal Diaz, Cites of Mexico Bernal Diaz wrote Cites of Mexico as narrative of how the Spanish forces conquered Mexico. As a member of the military that was dispatched to conquer the new found land, he used the book to clarify some of the misinformation that were being spread by his ...
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