Gentile de’ Carisendi is the generous protagonist of Lauretta’s tenth tale (X, 4). When he accidentally discovers that his beloved Madonna Catalina is not as dead as her family thinks, he rescues her and eventually returns her to her husband, Niccoluccio Caccianimico. By giving up that which he loves so greatly, even though he feels that he has a right to claim Catalina as his own, he demonstrates the day’s theme of generosity.
Gentile de’ Carisendi Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Gentile de’ Carisendi appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 10: Fourth Tale
When she recovers consciousness, Madonna Catalina is confused to find herself in a strange home. Gentile de’ Carisendi explains what has happened, and she begs him—out of his love for her—not to dishonor... (full context)
...his son, while the guests marvel at her miraculous return and the generosity shown by Gentile de’ Carisendi . He remains friendly with her and her husband for the rest of his life.... (full context)
Day 10: Fifth Tale
Emilia, like Lauretta, challenges her audience to decide who is the more generous lover: Gentile de’ Carisendi , for returning a lover he found nearly dead, or Ansaldo Gradense, for giving up... (full context)