The Decameron

The Decameron


Giovanni Boccaccio

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Rinaldo de’ Pugliesi Character Analysis

In Filostrato’s sixth tale (VI, 7), Rinaldo de’ Pugliesi has his wife, Madonna Filippa, charged with adultery after he finds her in the arms of his sworn enemy, Lazzarino de’ Guazzagliotri. Like Tofano, Arriguccio, and Zeppa di Mino, his rage over his wife’s infidelity spills into public view, and when she successfully gains acquittal of the charges, he is further humiliated because their argument plays out in public.
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Rinaldo de’ Pugliesi Character Timeline in The Decameron

The timeline below shows where the character Rinaldo de’ Pugliesi appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 6: Seventh Tale
Love and Sex Theme Icon
Men and Women Theme Icon adultery—whether she’s being paid for it or not—will be burned at the stake. When Rinaldo de’ Pugliesi discovers his wife Madonna Filippa in the arms of Lazzarino de’ Guazzagliotri, he invokes this... (full context)
Love and Sex Theme Icon
Men and Women Theme Icon
Intelligence Theme Icon
Class and Character Theme Icon to ask her husband if she ever denied him when he asked for sex. Rinaldo de’ Pugliesi says that she hasn’t. If her husband is satisfied, Filippa demands to know, what should... (full context)