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The Most Pleasant And Delectable Questions Of Love
by Giovanni Boccaccio, Trans. By H. G
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A slightly modernized version of a 1587 translation of one segment of Boccaccio's 14th century writing, the original source for the translation exists today in a single copy held at Oxford's Bodleian Library. Boccacio's tremendously popular tales dealt with the consequences of secular love -- or in some cases, lust. The Most Pleasant and Delectable Questions of Love is a translation of 13 chapters of one of Boccaccio's longer works. In these chapters, a group of young people have gone to the country for the day. One of the young women is chosen "The Queen of Love." Each young person tells a love story and poses a question about love. The group answers; there is no right or wrong. But the final arbiter, "The Queen of Love," holds the answers.
This gentleman then loved her in most secret sort, fearing that if it should be betrayed that he should no ways be able to speak unto her. To the end therefor that he might discover his intent and be certified likewise of hers, he trusted no one that should attempt to speak of this matter. Yet his desire enforcing him, he purposed since he could not betray himself unto her, to make her understand by some other that which he suffered for her sake.
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