Late Middle Ages - University of Florida

Late Middle Ages - University of Florida

William of Ockham William of Ockham Plurality should not be assumed without necessity.

Ockhams Razor Literature during the Late Middle Ages Literature: Petrarch and Boccaccio in Italy,

Chaucer in England

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (c. 1385) 31 travelers making a pilgrimage to Canterbury. Most of them tell a tale that suits their character. Most of the tales are comical and involve contemporary character stereotypes. Provides an illustrative cross-section of society.

Literature during the Late Middle Ages Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron (c. 1351) Ten young men and women leave the plagueridden town for a country house, where they tell stories to pass the time.

10 storytellers, 10 tales each = 100 stories. Light, comical tales commenting on contemporary morals and character types. Some, but not all, have moral lessons. Boccaccio

Painting during the Late Middle Ages Painting: Giotto, whose paintings was directed against the prevailing ItaloByzantine style. He turned this painting style, with its two dimensional , lifeless

quality, into a three dimensional art. Flemish paintings of Jan van Eyck and Hans Memling Giotto Meeting at the Golden

Gate Giotto Jan van Eyck

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