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Important Events in Literature
|c. 1300||Humanism, with its emphasis on the works of classical Antiquity, begins to attract disciples in Italy.|
|1321||Dante Alighieri completes his Divine Comedy.|
|1341||Petrarch crowned poet laureate at Rome.|
|c. 1350||Giovanni Boccaccio meets Petrarch, and Boccaccio's collection of stories, The Decameron, is completed.|
|1374||Petrarch dies, having achieved widespread fame through his literary works.|
|Coluccio Salutati is called to Florence to become the town's first humanist-trained chancellor. In that capacity he will support the arts and humanities.|
|1385||Chaucer writes Troilus and Cryseide.|
|c. 1387||Geoffrey Chaucer begins the Canterbury Tales in Middle English. In the coming century, the language will evolve into its early-modern form.|
|1391||Salutati completes his On the Labors of Hercules, a study of the poetry related to Hercules. One year later he will discover letters written...|
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