The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The celebrated Italian raconteur , born near Florence; showed early a passion for literature; sent by his father to Naples to pursue a mercantile career; gave himself up to story-telling in prose and verse; fell in love with Maria, a beautiful woman, daughter of the king, styled by him Fiammetta, for whom he wrote several of his works, and his great work, the "Decameron"; early formed a lifelong friendship with Petrarch, along with whom he contributed to the revival and study of classic literature; lectured on Dante in Florence; Petrarch's death deeply affected him, and he died the year after (1313-1375).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Boccaccio, Giovanni'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/b/boccaccio-giovanni.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.