In Filostrato’s fourth tale (IV, 9), Guillaume de Roussillon is a Provencal knight. When he discovers that his best friend, Guillaume de Cabestanh, is having an affair with his wife, he becomes one of the day’s unlucky lovers. In a jealous rage, he murders his friend and secretly feeds his heart to Roussillon’s Wife for dinner. After she commits suicide, he flees to avoid the dishonor of having been cuckolded, responsibility for Cabestanh’s death, and responsibility for his wife’s suicide.
Guillaume de Roussillon Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Guillaume de Roussillon appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 4: Ninth Tale
In Provence, there are 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... (full context)