YMMV / The Decameron

  • Fair for Its Day: Some tales are remarkably progressive for their era.
    • Women are treated as much more willful and independent than those in other tales of the time.
    • While Jewish characters are rich and occasionally miserly, they are also said to be wise or even virtuous. The tale of Melchizedek the Jew is remarkable for having an Aesop arguing that Judaism and Islam are just as valid as Christianity.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Tales which mix An Aesop with Values Dissonance usually end up with this.
  • Genius Bonus: The work is subtitled Prencipe Galeotto (Prince Galehaut), the go-between of Lancelot and Guinevere, a reference to the many go-betweens in Decameron and also a reference made by Dante in Inferno V.
    • Boccaccio was actually a huge admirer of Dante and incorporates a number of references to Dante in the Decameron and elsewhere in his work; for instance, on the first day, the courtier-diplomat who serves as a hero of sorts for one of the stories is mentioned in the Comedy as being damned to Hell for being an unrepentant "sodomite" (whether this means "homosexual" or "pedophile/pederast" is unclear) despite being an otherwise honorable and upstanding gentleman.
  • Older Than They Think: Most of the stories come from sources way older than the book; Boccaccio just brought them to his time.

Alternative Title(s): Decameron