The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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Lambertuccio Character Analysis

In Pampinea’s seventh tale (VII, 6), Lambertuccio is a Florentine gentleman who loves Isabella and forces her to have sex with him by threatening to ruin her reputation if she refuses; she subsequently employs a trick to dispose of him as a lover. His coercion demonstrates the vulnerability of women, especially to attacks on their character, given the value placed on their sexuality.
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Lambertuccio Character Timeline in The Decameron

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Day 7: Sixth Tale
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...husband and takes the humbly-born but accomplished Leonetto as her lover. Meanwhile, a nobleman called Lambertuccio falls in love with her and forces her to become his lover by threatening to... (full context)
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...alone in her country villa, Madonna Isabella invites Leonetto to visit. But while they’re together, Lambertuccio (knowing that her husband is out) shows up, too. Madonna Isabella hides Leonetto in her... (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 while shouting... (full context)