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Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron is a set of tales written during the late Middle Ages that is supposed to entertain the reader. While the amusement value of Boccaccio's work in fact, the Decameron also provides the reader with advice about society at the time, and Boccaccio's own worldview. One of the most common themes throughout the Decameron is that the portrayal of clergymen and members of religious communities as negative influences on people around them, constantly behaving in a way unfit for people who are supposed to be moral and religious exemplars. Throughout the tales told by the lieta brigada, many priests, and friars are portrayed as being exceptionally lustful and covetous, often indulging in sexual activity (often with all the wives of other men), and living lifestyles more befitting of a small lord compared to a monk. Those clergymen who are not portrayed as out rightly immoral are generally dumb, and are unable to prevent others from acting immorally due to their ignorance. Regardless of this, some of the clergymen in the narrative have been shown as ultimately having great goals, or improving in morality through the activities of another. To know each of these criticisms of the clergy, we must look at them through a historical picture, also watch the behaviour of members of this Church in the late Middle Ages. Finally, these investigations of the Decameron's portrayal of clergymen may provide us insight into Boccaccio's own faith, and enable us to understand the reasons of the author. In this essay, I will examine the portrayal of clergymen and members of all religious communities in Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron. I will center on the licentiousness, greed, and stupidity of these members of the Church, while also assessing the couple portrayals of great me...

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