Federigo, a young Florentine nobleman in love with Giovanna, appears in Fiammetta’s fifth tale (V, 9). Because Giovanna is married and wants to preserve her chastity, she spurns his advances, and he spends all his wealth trying to woo her. However, because he demonstrates a truly noble character, even after he must retire to live an impoverished life in the countryside, he retains polite manners and the customs of the nobility, like keeping his prized hawk. When Giovanna wants the hawk, his last possession, for her son, he willingly gives it to her as a demonstration of his steadfast love. And this steadfast love eventually earns her respect and affection, and after she’s widowed, she takes Federigo as her second husband.
Federigo Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Federigo appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 5: Ninth Tale