The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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Guillaume de Cabestanh Character Analysis

In Filostrato’s fourth tale (IV, 9), Guillaume de Cabestanh is a Provencal knight. He is best friends with Guillaume de Roussillon, at least until Roussillon discovers that he has been having an affair with Roussillon’s Wife. Roussillon murders him and feeds his heart to her for dinner, but after her suicide, the local citizens bury the lovers together in one tomb.
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Guillaume de Cabestanh Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Guillaume de Cabestanh appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 4: Ninth Tale
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...two grand knights who are the best of friends: Guillaume de Roussillon and Guillaume de Cabestanh. Cabestanh happens to fall hopelessly in love with Roussillon’s Wife; flattered by the attentions of... (full context)
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Roussillon invites Cabestanh to his home to discuss travel arrangements for an upcoming tournament, but he lies in... (full context)
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Roussillon’s Wife, anticipating Cabestanh’s visit, is perturbed when her husband returns home alone. Roussillon gives the heart—claiming it’s from... (full context)
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...what Roussillon has given to her to eat. He confesses it was the heart of Cabestanh. Despite her anguish, she maintains her composure. She admonishes Roussillon for his cruelty towards his... (full context)