The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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The King of Cypress appears in Elissa’s first tale (I, 9) as an extremely cowardly and ineffective ruler. The character is based on the historical figure Guy de Lusignan, a notoriously weak king crowned during the Third Crusade. His transformation at the words of the Gascon Gentlewoman demonstrates nobility of character, however belated.
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King of Cyprus Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character King of Cyprus appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 1: Ninth Tale
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...pilgrimage to Jerusalem, is raped while passing through Cyprus. She wants to complain to the King of Cyprus , but he’s so cowardly that he not only fails to punish criminals generally, but... (full context)
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The Gascon Gentlewoman asks the King of Cyprus to give her advice about how to endure being wronged, since he’s a master at... (full context)