In Elissa’s seventh tale (VII, 3), Rinaldo is a Sienese gentleman who falls in love with his neighbor’s wife and insinuates himself into the family by becoming their son’s godfather. As her lover, he provides the impetus for Madonna Agnesa’s trick on her husband; as a monk, he illustrates the sinfulness, avarice, and lustfulness of the clergy and contributes to The Decameron’s ongoing anticlerical satire.
Friar Rinaldo Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Friar Rinaldo appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 7: Third Tale
Day 7: Tenth Tale