In Filostrato’s third tale (III, 1), the Abbess is a poor example of religious leadership when she joins the Young Nuns in taking Masetto as her lover and hides the resulting children from the world. She thus contributes to The Decameron’s anticlerical satire, particularly in the hypocritical delight she takes in an unnamed sexual pleasure that she had previously sharply criticized.
Abbess Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Abbess appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 3: First Tale
...ago, there is a convent with a very beautiful garden where eight nuns and their Abbess live. When their gardener quits, he complains to a handsome young peasant named Masetto that... (full context)