The Filocolo

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Illumination from a manuscript of Il Folocolo (Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Canon. Ital. 85, fol. 114v)

The Filocolo (orig. Il Filocolo) is a novel written by Giovanni Boccaccio between 1335-36. It is considered to be the first novel of Italian literature written in prose. It is based on a very popular story of the time, Florio e Biancifiore.

"The Franklin's Tale" of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales is based on The Filocolo.