In Emilia’s second tale (II, 6), Spina is Currado Malespina’s daughter (II, 6). She falls in love with Guisfredi (Giannotto), to whom she is married after his identity is revealed. Initially, she serves as a reminder of the importance of control over female sexuality (and female vulnerability) in medieval culture, since her father wants to kill her after catching them in the act. However, her love for Guisfredi also contributes to The Decameron’s argument that nobility of character supersedes the accidents of fortune, such as wealth and status.
Spina Character Timeline in The Decameron
The timeline below shows where the character Spina appears in The Decameron. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Day 2: Sixth Tale
...sets the stage for reunion. He asks Cavriuola (Beritola) if she’d like Guisfredi back and Spina as a daughter-in-law. Then he asks his wife if she’d like Guisfredi as a son-in-law.... (full context)