In Pampinea’s fourth tale (IV, 2), Friar Alberto is the name assumed by Berto della Massa after his crooked reputation forces him to flee his hometown and assume a false identity in Venice. As Friar Alberto he develops a holy reputation that earns him the love and trust of many Venetians. Young, attractive, and virile, he also has a taste for the ladies, but he ends up as one of the day’s unlucky lovers when Lisetta’s in-laws discover the affair. He thus demonstrates the day’s theme while also contributing to The Decameron’s anticlerical satire by showing how manipulative religious figures can take advantage of gullible people.
Friar Alberto Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Friar Alberto appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 4: Second Tale
...to Venice pretending to be a holy man, then joins the Franciscans under the name Friar Alberto . Friar Alberto seems to live a holy life and preaches about repentance and abstinence,... (full context)
...with her head held so high that “her smock rose clear of her bottom.” Meanwhile, Friar Alberto eats meat and other delicacies to ensure an adequate performance in bed. After dark, he... (full context)
...previous night. Putting two and two together, he demands a large sum of money from Friar Alberto for his silence, then offers to smuggle him out of town in disguise, since there’s... (full context)