The Decameron, Giovanni Boccaccio
The Black Death hit Florence in spring 1348. In Boccaccio’s masterpiece, The Decameron (1353), a group of young friends, seven women and three men, decide to self-isolate in a palazzo outside the city, and they pass the time by telling stories. They each tell one story a day for ten days, a hundred stories in total, about cuckolded husbands, lascivious priests, quick-witted women and practical jokes. If you were to read one tale a day, The Decameron could keep you going for three months, but, even better, you could recreate it with a group of friends over video messaging: take in turns to choose a topic and share your stories.