The Cecco Fortarrigo who appears in Neifile’s ninth tale (IX, 4), is based on a historical person to whom Cecco Angiulieri dedicated two of his sonnets in the late 13th century. In The Decameron, he represents the dangers of immoderation though his vices of drinking and gambling, and he plays a mean trick on his friend Angiulieri.
Cecco Fortarrigo Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Cecco Fortarrigo appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 9: Fourth Tale
...a bad man’s cunning can defeat a good man’s wisdom. In Siena, Cecco Angiulieri and Cecco Fortarrigo , although very different in character, bond over their mutual hatred of their fathers. When... (full context)
...his money is missing, Cecco Angiulieri is delayed and is still at the inn when Cecco Fortarrigo , in just his undergarments, comes back with the intention of gambling Angiulieri’s clothes as... (full context)
Eventually, Cecco Angiulieri becomes so distraught that he rides out of the town. Cecco Fortarrigo jogs behind him, continuing to ask for help retrieving his doublet. After a few miles,... (full context)
...his undershirt and stays with relatives until his father comes to his financial assistance. Although Cecco Fortarrigo wasn’t punished immediately, Angiulieri eventually got revenge, although that is another story. (full context)