Ricciardo di Chinzica appears in Dioneo’s second tale (II, 10). He is an older man and a well-established lawyer when he marries the young and vivacious Bartolomea. His advanced age means that he can’t satisfy her sexual desires, however, so he tries to hide his poor performance behind an extensive list of days on which church law forbids sexual activity. His age, poor sexual performance, and jealous guarding of Bartolomea place him in the medieval literary stereotype of the senex amans, or old lover. He demonstrates his fundamental misappraisal of female sexuality when he believes that Bartolomea’s honor would be more important to her than the sexual satisfaction she has with Paganino.
Ricciardo di Chinzica Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Ricciardo di Chinzica appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 2: Tenth Tale
...Bartolomea enjoys his effective (and continual!) consolations, and Paganino treats her like his wife. When Ricciardo discovers they’re living together in Monaco, he goes there to pay whatever ransom is necessary... (full context)
Day 4: Tenth Tale