Let’s do like they did in the 14th century during the outbreak of the Black Death. As some of you are self-quarantining, or self-isolating, let’s use the inspiration of Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio who compiled:
100 𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑡𝑜𝑙𝑑 𝑏𝑦 𝑎 𝑔𝑟𝑜𝑢𝑝 𝑜𝑓 𝑠𝑒𝑣𝑒𝑛 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑔 𝑤𝑜𝑚𝑒𝑛 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑡ℎ𝑟𝑒𝑒 𝑦𝑜𝑢𝑛𝑔 𝑚𝑒𝑛 𝑠ℎ𝑒𝑙𝑡𝑒𝑟𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑖𝑛 𝑎 𝑠𝑒𝑐𝑙𝑢𝑑𝑒𝑑 𝑣𝑖𝑙𝑙𝑎 𝑗𝑢𝑠𝑡 𝑜𝑢𝑡𝑠𝑖𝑑𝑒 𝐹𝑙𝑜𝑟𝑒𝑛𝑐𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑒𝑠𝑐𝑎𝑝𝑒 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝐵𝑙𝑎𝑐𝑘 𝐷𝑒𝑎𝑡ℎ, 𝑤ℎ𝑖𝑐ℎ 𝑤𝑎𝑠 𝑎𝑓𝑓𝑙𝑖𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑐𝑖𝑡𝑦. 𝐵𝑜𝑐𝑐𝑎𝑐𝑐𝑖𝑜 𝑝𝑟𝑜𝑏𝑎𝑏𝑙𝑦 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑐𝑒𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑑 𝑜𝑓 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝐷𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑜𝑛 𝑎𝑓𝑡𝑒𝑟 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑒𝑝𝑖𝑑𝑒𝑚𝑖𝑐 𝑜𝑓 1348, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑡𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑡 𝑏𝑦 1353. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑣𝑎𝑟𝑖𝑜𝑢𝑠 𝑡𝑎𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑙𝑜𝑣𝑒 𝑖𝑛 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝐷𝑒𝑐𝑎𝑚𝑒𝑟𝑜𝑛 𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑔𝑒 𝑓𝑟𝑜𝑚 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑒𝑟𝑜𝑡𝑖𝑐 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑔𝑖𝑐. 𝑇𝑎𝑙𝑒𝑠 𝑜𝑓 𝑤𝑖𝑡, 𝑝𝑟𝑎𝑐𝑡𝑖𝑐𝑎𝑙 𝑗𝑜𝑘𝑒𝑠, 𝑎𝑛𝑑 𝑙𝑖𝑓𝑒 𝑙𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑜𝑛𝑠 𝑐𝑜𝑛𝑡𝑟𝑖𝑏𝑢𝑡𝑒 𝑡𝑜 𝑡ℎ𝑒 𝑚𝑜𝑠𝑎𝑖𝑐. (Wikipedia, and well-sourced)
I’d love to keep my mind busy with historical ideas instead of worry…so, let’s compile our own version of 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑫𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒏! If you have ideas of something you’d like to contribute, please know that this will (at minimum) be published online, and that this will be a volunteer, unpaid project. Your name will remain attached to it, however it will become the property of TudorsDynasty.com. Some have asked if they still have right to their own work, the answer is yes – you are just giving me permission to do with it what I like, even turning it into an ebook or print version if I so choose to. If that happens, your name will still be attached to it but you will not be paid any royalties – it would be too difficult to figure that out with so many contributors. This is an opportunity to become published.
If this is something you might be interested in, please message me using the form below.
I will be accepting the following (must be Tudor-ish):
- Short stories
- Word Search
- Crossword Puzzles
- Taking suggestions as well…
Here is an excerpt from the book to give you an idea of it, if you are unfamiliar:
In 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑫𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒏, they had each day laid out – I’d like to try and duplicate that as well. Here is what 𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝑫𝒆𝒄𝒂𝒎𝒆𝒓𝒐𝒏 had as the topic for each day, I’d love to see things similar to this but NOT limited to:
Day One: Subjects Freely chosen
Day Two: Stories about those who attain a state of unexpected happiness after a period of misfortune
Day Three: Stories about people who have attained difficult goals or who have recovered something previously lost.
Day Four: Introduction: The narrator defends himself from the criticism that greeted the stories of the first three days of storytelling
Day Five: Love stories which end happily after a period of misfortune
Day Six: Stories about how intelligence helps to avoid danger, ridicule, or discomfort
Day Seven: Stories about tricks played by wives on their husbands
Day Eight: Stories about tricks played by both men and women on each other
Day Nine: Subjects freely chosen
Day Ten: Stories about those who have performed generous deeds and who have acquired fame in so doing
Have an idea you’d like to contribute? Fill out this form and give me some details of what you have in mind!