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Summary of Boccaccio's "The Decameron: Day 1, Story 9"

Giovanni Boccaccio's The Decameron quote: "...for good stories may always prove to be useful and should always be pondered, no matter who the storyteller may be."
Storyteller: Elissa

A noblewoman who was from Gascony was attacked by some men from Cyprus on her way back from a pilgrimage to the Sepulcher. She decided to go before the first King of Cyprus and tell him what had happened to her. She was informed that the King was weak and he would not do anything to right the wrong against her. She was sad that she would not be able to have revenge on these men, but she decided to go before the King anyway and reproach him for insignificance.

She asked him how he dealt with all of the injuries inflicted upon him so that she will know how to deal with them herself. This question awakened something inside of him and he punished those who had wronged this woman. From then on he severely punished anyone who disrespected the honor of the crown.


Boccaccio, Giovanni. The Decameron. Translated by Mark Musa and Peter Bondanella, Signet Classic, 1982.

Quote in Graphic at the top of the page can be found on page 63.

Published on July 28, 2014 by Sophia Brookshire © All Rights Reserved

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