The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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Madonna Isabella appears in Pampinea’s seventh tale (VII, 6). She is a Florentine noblewoman who has grown tired of Isabella’s Husband and has two lovers: Leonetto, whom she loves, and Lambertuccio, who has coerced her into having sex with him. She tricks her husband and her unwanted lover, saving herself from a bad situation. She shows that women’s tricks aren’t limited to their husbands.
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Isabella Character Timeline in The Decameron

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Day 7: Sixth Tale
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...story demonstrating how love can inspire creative thinking. A young Florentine noblewoman (later identified as Madonna Isabella ) grows tired of her husband and takes the humbly-born but accomplished Leonetto as her... (full context)
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One summer day, while she’s staying alone in her country villa, Madonna Isabella invites Leonetto to visit. But while they’re together, Lambertuccio (knowing that her husband is out)... (full context)
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With “extraordinary presence of mind,” Madonna Isabella convinces Lambertuccio to take out a dagger and run downstairs waving it like a madman... (full context)