The Franciscan Inquisitor appears in Emilia’s first tale (I, 6), where he gives the Blasphemous Citizen excessive penance for a minor sin. Inquisitors were church officials charged with rooting out heretical (unorthodox) beliefs, but greed motivates the Franciscan Inquisitor at least as much as Christian doctrine. He thus engages in simony (selling church favors for money) and is a target of The Decameron’s ongoing anticlerical satire.
Franciscan Inquisitor Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Franciscan Inquisitor appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 1: Sixth Tale
...reduces his punishment to wearing a pilgrim’s badge, attending daily mass, and reporting to the Inquisitor about it. One day, the Citizen reports that he feels sorry for the Franciscan monks.... (full context)