The Decameron

The Decameron

by

Giovanni Boccaccio

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Pietro Boccamazza Character Analysis

Pietro Boccamazza is the bumbling hero of Elissa’s fifth tale (V, 3). A young man who belongs to an illustrious Roman family, he plans to elope with Agnolella when his family refuses to allow their marriage because she’s not a noble. His story shows how fortune’s twists can affect lovers—he loses Agnolella after they take a wrong turn during their elopement and are attacked by soldiers, but when they’re subsequently reunited and married, they become prime examples of happy lovers.
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Pietro Boccamazza Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Pietro Boccamazza appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 5: Third Tale
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...Rome—lately turned from the head to the rump of the civilized world—a young gentleman named Pietro Boccamazza falls in love with Agnolella, the daughter of a common but well-respected man. Pietro wants... (full context)
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...the pair ride towards Anagni, where they hope to find shelter with friends. But when Pietro Boccamazza accidently choses the wrong fork of the road, they are quickly accosted by soldiers from... (full context)
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But suddenly the soldiers’ enemies burst from the woods and Pietro Boccamazza seizes the opportunity to mount his horse and escape. Safe from the soldiers, he is... (full context)
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Pietro Boccamazza sits overnight in the tree. His despair deepens around midnight when he watches wolves devour... (full context)
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Pietro Boccamazza is organizing a search party when Liello’s Wife summons him; in her room, he’s overjoyed... (full context)