In Elissa’s ninth tale (IX, 2), Abbess Usimbalda runs the convent where Sister Isabetta lives. She sneaks her lover into the convent frequently, despite her pious reputation. She’s caught when she accidentally puts her lover’s breeches on her head in the middle of the night, and she immediately switches from chastising Sister Isabetta to excusing her actions. She is thus part of The Decameron’s anticlerical satire.
Abbess Usimbalda Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Abbess Usimbalda appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 9: Second Tale