Giovanni Sercambi

Myriam Swennen Ruthenberg (Florida Atlantic University)
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Born in Lucca in 1348, Giovanni Sercambi “speziale” (apothecary) entered the service of Lucca’s ruler, Francesco Guinigi, in 1372 as a member of the city’s General Council. This signals the beginning of Sercambi’s political career that continued under the successive rulers Lazzaro and Paolo Guinigi. While the timeline for the writing of his two great works -- the two books of the

Chroniche di Lucca

and the 155 tales of an incomplete




-- remains uncertain, both works are interdependent, especially for events recorded after 1400. Sercambi’s own political and personal interests are never completely absent from his fiction, while the chronicles betray their author’s taste for storytelling and sometimes take on the novella format. He died in plague-ridden…

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Citation: Swennen Ruthenberg, Myriam. "Giovanni Sercambi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 June 2019 [, accessed 25 July 2024.]

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