Can Grande appears in Filostrato’s first tale (I, 7). He is based on a historical figure who ruled Verona during Giovanni Boccaccio’s lifetime and who was renowned for his military successes and his generosity. Yet, in The Decameron, he initially refuses to give his invited guests the customary gifts. When, after Bergamino’s parable about Primas and the Abbot of Cluny, he resumes his customary generosity, he represents medieval ideas about the obligation of the wealthy aristocracy to be courteous and generous.
Can Grande della Scalla Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Can Grande della Scalla appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.