“Decameron” by Boccaccio in brief summary

In 1348, Florence was visited by a destructive plague, and a hundred thousand people died. Separated family and friendly ties, servants refused to serve the masters, the dead were not buried, but dumped in pits dug in church cemeteries.

When the city was almost empty, in the church of Santa Maria Novella, after the divine liturgy, seven young women “associated with each other by friendship, neighborhood, relationship”, “sensible, generous, beautiful, well-behaved, captivating in their modesty” met. Not telling, in order to avoid misinterpretations, their true names, the author calls them Pampinae, Fiametta, Filomena, Emilia, Lauretta, Neifil and Elissa – in accordance with their spiritual qualities.

Pampinea suggests “decently retiring to suburban estates and filling leisure with all kinds of entertainment.” Leaving the city, where people, in anticipation of their mortal hour, surrendered to lust and debauchery, they will protect themselves from unpleasant experiences, and they will behave themselves morally and with dignity. In Florence, nothing holds them: all of their loved ones died.

The ladies approve the idea of ​​Pampinae, and Philomena proposes to invite men with them, for a woman is difficult to live with her own mind, and the advice of a man is extremely necessary. During this conversation, the church includes three young people – Panfilo, Filostrato and Dioneo. Among the ladies in the church there are also their beloved ones, the rest are related to them. Pampinea immediately suggests inviting them.

Young people are pleased with the invitation. Having agreed on everything, the girls and boys, accompanied by servants and servants, leave the city the next morning. They arrive in a picturesque area, where a beautiful palace stands, and are located there. Dioneo, the most gay and witty, offers fun as anyone. He is supported by Pampinae, who suggests that someone should be in charge of them and think about the structure of their lives and amusements. And that everyone knows and cares, and the joys associated with the primacy, and that no one is enviable, you should place this honorable burden in turn on everyone. The first “master” they will select all together, and the follow-up each time before the evening will appoint one who this day was the master. All unanimously elect Pampinae, and Philomena pinned her a laurel wreath on her head,

After an exquisitely served breakfast everyone is allowed to sing, dance and play musical instruments, and then lie down to rest. Waking up, everyone gathers in a shady corner of the garden, and Pampinea suggests devoting time to stories, “for one narrator is able to occupy all listeners,” allowing the first day to tell “about what everyone likes.” Dioneo asks for the right to tell the story every last time, not obeying the theme of the day, to amuse the society, tired of unnecessary mentalization, and this right gets.

The first day

During the reign of Pampinae, where stories are told on any topic

Novella the First

Sir Cheparello, nicknamed Shappelletto, a scoundrel in his lifetime, a deceiver, a perjurer, a murderer, is in another city at death. He deceives the deceitful confession of a pious monk and dies. In order to get rid of the unnecessary trouble and bad rumor of two usurers, the owners of the house in which he stopped, Chappeletto in his death confession tells of himself as a saint who never sinned in his life. The elderly who confessed him willingly believes him, and after the death of Chappeletto, the fathers of the church regard him as a saint; In the future, Saint Chappeletto enjoys honor and respect, he is prayed and pilgrims go to his relics.

Novella the second

The Jew Abraham, as a result of the exhortations of Giannotto di Civigny, goes to the Roman court and, seeing the depravity of the servants of the church, returns to Paris, where he becomes a Christian, believing that if in this depravity of the heads of the church the Catholic faith spreads and grows stronger truly is the Holy Spirit.

Novella the third

Saladin, the great Arab commander and ruler, needs money to conduct a new war, comes to the pawnbroker, the Jew Melchizedek, and asks him about whose faith is better, Christian, Jewish or Islam. The usurer understands that, whatever the answer, Saladdin will be unhappy, kill him and take the money. To avoid this, he tells the commander the story of his father, who made three identical rings and secretly gave each of his three sons a ring, announcing beforehand that this ring is the only one and will be given to the one whom he chooses himself, and the owner of the ring will receive and inheritance. After the death of his father, it turned out that there were three rings, and the brothers argued until then who among them was a legitimate heir. Saladdin understands the secret meaning of history, begins to respect the usurer and leaves without gold, but in friendship with Melchizedek.

Novella Four

One monk, “sinning” with a certain girl, is discovered by the abbot, who in turn does not stand up and after a while himself enjoys the girl. The monk denounces the abbot, thus avoiding punishment.

Novella Fifth

The Marquise of Montferrat, a widow who is visited by a passionately fond of the French king, feeds the chickens alone, after which she says that although there are no hens in their country, but these chickens are no different from any others. The king understands the hint and moderates his ardor.

Novella Six

One person, having paid for his sins of the Inquisition, received forgiveness and the title of a crusader. He was sent to the church to listen and be imbued with faith, but when he returned he informed the inquisitor that he was amused by the thought: if the giver on earth, given in heaven, will be rewarded tenfold, then the monks should choke after death with that soup they like as a surplus, during life they give to the poor.

Novella Seventh

A wandering musician and poet, Bergamo, is at the celebration of sir Cane Deacle. Without waiting for the reward and present from the messiah, he tells the story of the poor but famous poet Primas, who was at the dinner with the abbot of Cluny, who was always famous for his generosity and invited crowds of poor people and all comers to his table. However, the abbot began to torment greed, and he ordered not to serve Prisam, while he ate chewed bread. When the Primate began to eat up the last piece of bread he had stored, the abbot suddenly became remorseful, was surprised by sudden greed, and gladly treated the guest. In this way, Bergamo has rebuked Kana Deja Skala, who, after understanding morality, generously endowed the crafty musician.

Novella Eighth

The rich, but miserly Messire Hermino de Grimaldi once asks the artist to draw something unprecedented when painting walls. He says that he will write something that Hermino has never seen before – “Nobility”. Hermino repents of his stinginess and begins to show generosity.

Novella Ninth

The Gascony lady, being offended in Cyprus, comes to the king, famous for his inactivity and weakness, and asks not to avenge her, but just to teach him how to bear all the insults and insults. He understands her reproach and changes.

Novella Tenth

The aged but respected and wise maestro Alberto of Bologna is in love with one woman, but she tries to shame him with her friends. The maestro says that he saw women eating onions, although he is completely unpleasant and unpleasant, so why should he not hope that instead of young people, a woman will choose him, even if he is incapable of giving passion, but loving with all his heart.

Second day

Under the leadership of Philomena, where they talk about those who, after various vicissitudes and beyond all expectations, have achieved a prosperous goal

Novella the First

In Treviso from Florence come three lyceum: Stecks, Martellino and Marchese, and they want to look at the relics of Saint Arrigo. To nail through the crowd, Martellino pretends to be a cripple and pretends to be healed by the relics of Saint Arrigo. When his deception is discovered, he is seized and beaten. Then Marchese, in order to save a friend, announces to the guards that he allegedly cut off his purse. Martellino want to hang, but his friends talk about a joke with the purse of the authorities, they laugh and release Martellino.

Novella the second

Rinaldo d’Asti, being robbed by fellow travelers, is in Castel Gvillemo, where he “finds shelter” from a widow. Having received from her a reward for this, he finds himself in the city, finds out that his robbers are caught, gets his goods back and happily returns home.

Novella the third

Three brothers, foolishly squandering their fortune, inherited from the rich father, have become poor. Their nephew Alessandro, getting home in desperation, gets acquainted on the way with the abbot and learns in it the daughter of the English king, who marries him, and he, having reimbursed all his losses to his uncles, returns them to their former position.

Novella Four

Landolfo Ruffolo, impoverished due to unsuccessful trade, becomes a corsair. Attacked by the Genoese, he crashes into the sea, escapes on a box full of jewels, finds shelter in one woman in Corfu and returns home as a rich man.

Novella Fifth

Andreucchio from Perugia, arriving in Naples for the purchase of horses, is enticed by a hetaera into his house, where she takes his wallet with money. Andreuccio tries to take away the purse, but falls into a latrine, after which he is banished. He meets two criminals who are offered to take him into business, but first he must be washed off of sewage, and Andreuccio dives into the well. Rising from it, he frightens the city guard. Together with the robbers, he falls into the crypt of the recently buried high priest, but treacherous accomplices lock him there. He changes into a dead man and puts on a ruby ​​ring that was on the corpse. The new marauders are frightened when the “dead man” moves, and Andreuccio is selected from the remaining open tomb and leaves with a ruby ​​ring.

Novella Six

The husband of Madonita Beritoli falls into disgrace. She, with her two sons, falls after a shipwreck on one island. Her sons are kidnapped by pirates passing by, she lives in a cave with two briers, like an animal. Beritolu is rescued by a ship with friends of the family, and she goes to Lunigiana, where one of her sons falls into the service of the ruler of the country, and falling in love and sinning with the daughter of the ruler, is in prison. Sicily rebels against King Charles, the family of Madonna Beritola again begin to respect. The son, recognized by the mother, marries the daughter of his master, his brother is found, and both return to their former high position.

Novella Seventh

The Sultan of Babylonia gives his daughter, Alatiel, to marry a powerful king. After various accidents and disasters, for four years she takes turns in different parts of the “hands” to nine men who kill each other and kidnap Alatiel from each other because of her wonderful beauty. Finally, returned to his father by his old friend the Greek Antigonus virgin, she sets off, as before, to the King del Garbo, for whom she is getting married.

Novella Eighth

Count Anversky, falsely accused of trampling on the honor of the wife of one ruler, goes into exile, leaving his two children in different parts of England. Returning unrecognized, he finds them in a good position, goes groom in the army of the French king and, justified after the death confession of the wife of the ruler, who confessed that she had deceived him, returned to her former state.

Novella Ninth

Bernabo, a wealthy merchant, argues with Ambrogiolo that his wife will never betray him. Ambrogiolo, hiding in a box, is in the house of Bernabo, where he looks at his sleeping wife. He tells Bernabo about a certain acceptance on the body of his wife, the merchant loses a lot of money, and also loses his dignity and orders to kill his innocent wife. She, spared by the servant, who was supposed to finish her off, saves herself and in the male guise serves the sultan, attaining a high position and respect due to her wisdom. She calls Bernabo and Ambrogiolo, forcing the latter to confess to deception, which he does. Bernabo repents, and his wife is revealed to him and, taking the reward from the sultan for his service and taking leave of him, leaves with his husband.

Novella Tenth

Paganino of Monaco kidnaps the wife of Messire Ricciardo and Kinzik, who, after finding out where she is, follows her and, entering into friendship with Paganino, asks him to give it to him. Paganino agrees, if it is the will of his wife Messire Ricciardo, but she does not want to return, and after the death of Messire Ricciardo becomes the wife of Paganino.

Day Three

Under the chairmanship of Neifila, where they talk about those who, thanks to their skill, obtained something they strongly desired, or returned the lost

Novella the First

A young Mazetto from Lamporecchio, pretending to be a mute and narrow-minded, acts as a gardener in the monastery of nuns, after which, at first one, and then all the other nuns take turns in passion together with Mazetto. After a while, he is exhausted, unable to constantly appease such a large number of women, reveals to everyone that he is not at all there, and leaves the monastery.

Novella the second

The groom, wishing the wife of his lord King Agilulph, changed into him and slept with the queen, which the king secretly recognizes and, having found the groom among the others, cuts his hair so that the next day he can identify the culprit. The shorn groom shaves all others and in this way gets out of trouble, and the king marvels at the cunning of the criminal.

Novella the third

One lady, having grown fond of a young man whose friend the priest was, confesses to this priest, over and over again complaining that this young man, allegedly, constantly aspires to her love. The priest immediately calls his friend to him and condemns him, the young man understands the cunning of the lady. When she describes on another confession, in what ways the young man allegedly tried to get into her house, he finds out from the indignant priest about these ways and, using them, has a good time together with the cunning lady.

Novella Four

Don Felice tells the praying, but close brother Puccio that it is possible to achieve liberation from sins by tying himself in the courtyard and praying all night that Brother Puccio fulfills. Don Felice, meanwhile, is having fun with his brother Puccio’s wife.

Novella Fifth

Ricciardo Winter gives his best horse sir Francesco Vergellesi and for this, with his consent, speaks with his wife, Messer Francesco also punishes his wife or say a word of Ricciardo. While she is silent, Ricciardo responds to her own questions, suggesting ways in which he and Messer Francesco’s wife will be able to meet. So everything happens.

Novella Six

Ricciardo Minutolo loves the wife of Filippello Figinolfi. Learning that she is jealous, he tells her that Filippello has arranged a date in the bath to his wife and seeks that the lady herself goes there and, thinking she was with her husband, spends the night with Ricciardo, after which the latter confesses who he is.

Novella Seventh

Tidalco, quarreling with his mistress, leaves Florence. After some time, he returns there under the guise of a pilgrim and tells her that because of her coldness her former lover, Tidalco, committed suicide, rather than repenting from her. Then he saves the life of her husband, accused of killing himself, reconciles the mistress’s husband with his brothers and reasonably prosperes with his wife. Later it turns out that one foreigner, very similar to the Tidaldo, was killed.

Novella Eighth

Feraldo, having tasted a certain powder, poured into him by the abbot, falls asleep and becomes like a dead man. They bury him. Extracted from the grave by the abbot, he ends up in prison and is assured that he is in purgatory. The abbot at the same time playing with his wife Ferondo. “Resurrected,” Ferondo brings up a son, born from the abbot by his wife.

Novella Ninth

Giletta of Narbonne, the daughter of a famous healer, heals the French king from a fistula and asks herself for the husband of Beltramo Rossillon, who, marrying her against his will and resenting it, goes to Florence. There he takes care of one girl, but instead of him, Gillette sleeps with him and gives birth to two sons. Later, when he recognized his sons and appreciated Gillette’s mind and love, he treated her like a legitimate wife.

Novella Tenth

Alibek, the daughter of a wealthy Muslim, at her whim, becomes a hermitess hermitage. Other monks are afraid that their temptation will be broken, and they transfer it to the care of Rustico, who is known for his purity and strength of faith. Rustico makes love with Alibek, saying that in this way he “drives his devil into hell Alibek”. The latter begins to like with time. She, seeing that Rustico because of her hermit fast is no longer able to please her, returns to the city where he becomes the wife of Neerbal. She talks about her adventures to the city ladies, after which a phrase of the scabrous character “to drive the devil to hell” is born.

Day four

Under the chairmanship of Philostrato, where they talk about those whose love had an unfortunate outcome

Novella the First

Tankred, the Prince of Salerno, kills his daughter’s lover and sends her in the golden cup his heart. Watering him with poisoned water, she drinks it and dies.

Novella the second

The monk Albert assures Lisette that an angel is in love with her, and, in the body of Albert, the angel wants the intimacy with Madonna Lisette. So they manage to connect several times, while the vain Lisette does not blurt out her secret to her friends. Lisetta’s relatives want to catch the “angel”, and he rushes out of the window of her house and finds refuge in the house of one poor man, who next day leads him, disguised as a savage, to the square where he is recognized, and the brethren grab him and imprison him.

Novella the third

Three young people love the three sisters who flee to Crete, where they live happily for a short time. The elder sister soon kills his lover out of jealousy. The second sister, surrendering to the Duke of Crete, rescues the first from death, but the lover kills her and runs away with her first sister. In this murder, a third lover with a third sister is accused. When they are seized, they take the blame, but fearing death, they bribe the guards with money, run, impoverished, to Rhodes, where they die in poverty.

Novella Four

Stately and beautiful Prince Djerbino falls in love, having heard descriptions of the beauty of the daughter of the Tunisian king, she is also in love with Djerbino. Having honestly told his grandfather not to attack a ship on which the daughter of a Tunisian king is being taken to her lawful bridegroom, he breaks the word and attacks. Those who were on the ship, kill the girl, Djerbino also kills them all out of revenge. After that, he is executed as the disobeyed order of his grandfather.

Novella Fifth

The brothers Izabetta kill her lover. He is in her dream and indicates where he is buried. Secretly dug his head, she puts it in a pot of basil and daily she cries for a long time over her. The brothers take her pot from the plant, after which Isabetta dies of grief. After her death, there remains the canzone: “What was behind the evil wicked // What my flower stole…”.

Novella Six

Andreola loves Gabriotto. She tells him the nightmare he has seen, he’s her own, and suddenly dies in her arms from a heart attack. When she and her maid carry Gabriotto to his house, the guard takes them, and Andreola tells how it was. The girl wants to commit violence, she resists it. This is heard by Andreola’s father and frees her, still innocent. She, not wanting to live in peace anymore, goes to a nun.

Novella Seventh

Simon and Pasquino in love meet in the garden. Pasquinot rubs his teeth with sage and dies. Arrested Simon, wanting to show the judge how Padquino died, rubbing his teeth with a piece of the same sage and also dying. It turns out that in that garden there was not sage, but some kind of poisonous plant.

Novella Eighth

Girolamo loves Salvestra. Encouraged by the requests of his mother, he goes to Paris. Returning, he finds her married, secretly enters her house and asks Salvestra to lie down next to him, then dies. Girolamo is buried, and his beloved comes and, sobbing, dies next to his body; they are buried together.

Novella Ninth

Messer Gvillemo Rossiolione gives his wife the taste of Messire Gvillemo Guardadano, who was killed and loved by her. Upon learning of this, she rushes from a high window, dies, and she is buried with her lover.

Novella Tenth

A lover of the wife of one doctor accidentally drinks a sleepy potion prepared by this doctor for one of the patients. The doctor’s wife thinks that her beloved has died, and her maid puts the sleeper in a box, which is dragged along with the body by two usurers. Waking up, a lover, does not understand anything and rages, but is caught as a thief. The lady’s maid tells the authorities that this is she who put the sleeper in a box stolen by usurers. Due to this, he avoids the gallows, and usurers for the kidnapping of the box are awarded to the money foam

Day five

Under the chairmanship of Fiammetta, where they talk about how, after various sad and unhappy incidents, lovers smile at happiness

Novella the First

Chimone, like the beast before, uneducated and ugly, seeing the sleeping Eugenia, becomes wise and beautiful. He kidnaps his dear Efigia and takes her to the sea, but after that he finds himself imprisoned in Rhodes. Lizimahs frees him, they kidnap Efigenia and Cassandra, Lizimah’s beloved, from their marriage feast, and flee with them to Crete, marry them, and all return home.

Novella the second

Kostantsa loves Martuccio Gomito. Hearing of his death, she desperately sits alone in a boat, which the wind relates to Susa. Finding him alive in Tunisia, she opens to him, and he, becoming close to the king for the information during the war councils, marries her and with her returns to Lipari rich man.

Novella the third

Pietro Boccamazza runs with Agnolla from his home, but on the way he meets thieves. The girl runs into the forest, where her old acquaintance comes across her and leads her to her castle. Pietro also escapes from the hands of the robbers and after several adventures falls into the castle, where Anjolla is. He marries her, and they return together to Rome.

Novella Four

The daughter of Lizzio da Valbona, referring to the heat, sleeps on the balcony of her room to “listen to the singing of birds.” To her, on the wall, her lover Ricciardo Manardi is taken. Fatigued by nightly amusements, young people fall asleep embracing. In this position they are found in the morning by Lizzio da Valbón, who together with his wife persuades Ricciardo to marry his daughter, and he does not refuse.

Novella Fifth

Gvidotto of Cremona entrusts his adopted daughter with the care of Giacomino of Pavia and dies. In Faenza, she falls in love with Jiannole di Severino and Mingino di Mingole. They enter into a fight with each other and try to kidnap a girl in one night, bribing the servants. However, the truth about the girl’s parents opens. She turns out to be sister of Giannolle, and the girl is married to Mingino.

Novella Six

Gianni from Procida makes his way to the royal quarters, as his beloved is given to King Federico. The king finds a couple and orders to burn both lovers, but Ruggieri del Oria finds out in lovers, under which a fire must be built, the offsprings of noble families, and the king lets go of them, not daring to execute.

Novella Seventh

Teodoro, kidnapped many years ago by the son of a nobleman, lives as a servant in the house of sir Amerigo and falls in love with his daughter, Violante. She became pregnant with Teodoro, and when she learned of the birth of Amerigo’s daughter, she orders a servant to be hanged, but Teodoro’s father, who is nearby, recognizes his son... and releases him.

Novella Eighth

Nastaggio degli Onesti, in love with a Traversari girl, lavishes her wealth without reciprocity. He goes to Chiassi, where he sees how one horseman pursues a girl, kills her and two dogs devour her, then the girl is resurrected and runs again. The rider says that he was tormented by this girl in his time, not responding reciprocally, he died of grief, and now his former lover is forced to suffer like this for so many years, how many months she tortured her horseman who loved her. Nastagio invites his family and his darling for dinner. She sees how they torment that girl, and, fearing a similar fate, she marries Nastagio. After this story, all the girls in that city became more accommodating.

Novella Ninth

Federigo degli Alberigi loves monna Giovanna, but we do not like her. He lavishes all his fortune on courtship, and he only has one falcon, whom the son of Monna Giovanna, who is ill, asks. This falcon, for want of anything else, Federico serves for dinner with his beloved, who came to him with his request. Learning about this, she changes her feelings to Federigo, and after her son dies, a rich inheritance passes to her and her lover.

Novella Tenth

Pietro di Vincioolo, who sins with sodomy, goes to dinner outside the house. His wife, dissatisfied with the fact that her husband does not fulfill marital duties, invites a young man to his place. When Pietro returns, his wife hides her lover under a basket from under the chickens. Pietro says that in the house of Ercolano, with whom he had supped, they found a young man, hidden there by his wife. Pietro’s wife condemns his wife Ercolano. In trouble, the ass settles on the fingers of the young man, and he yells himself out with a cry. Pietro runs there, sees him and finds out about the deceit of his wife, with whom, in the end, his disgust, reconciles, and the three of them spend the night. A young man, returning home in the morning, thinks, what he was last night, a woman or a man.

Day Six

Under the chairmanship of Eliza, where it is said about those who, being touched by some sharp word, repaid for it, or by quick answer and resourcefulness, they avoided the damage, danger or insult

Novella the First

A certain nobleman promises Madonna Oreta to tell such a novel that she thinks she is riding a horse, but tells her ineptly, stuttering and stumbling, and she accurately compares his narrative with a stumbling mare, asking to let her off the saddle. The narrator accepts the reproach.

Novella the second

The baker of Pure always treats the noble sir Jerry with expensive wine. Soon he sends a servant to Chisti for wine to treat his guests, but Chisti, seeing a huge bottle, says that the servant was sent, apparently, not to him. Messer Jerry understands the indiscretion of his request and comes himself along with the guests directly to Chisti, where the baker gladly treats them.

Novella the third

Florentine bishop, noticing among the people the Madonna Ponu, a young and brisk girl, recently married, wondered if her husband would cope with her. She, remembering the story in which one of the subordinates of the bishop slept with the wife of one of the townspeople, paying him for this with fake coins, answers that it does not matter whether the husband will cope or not, but the main thing is that the coins will be real. The bishop is ashamed.

Novella Four

Kikibio, the cook of Kurrado, having given one of the legs of a roasted crane to his beloved, is justified before the Kurrado by the fact that the cranes always stand on one paw. The next day Kurrado drives up to the cranes and screams, they take off and see their two legs. The cook says that the fried crane also had to cry, then the second leg would also be visible.

Novella Fifth

The great artist Messire Forese da Pabata and the wise sir Giotto, a painter with an ugly appearance, returning from Mugello joke each other. Gjotto says that none of the passersby would have guessed from the sight of Messire Forese, what beautiful paintings he wrote. Messire Forese says that no one would have guessed that Giotto knows at least the basics of grammar. Both understand that it is not theirs to make fun of each other.

Novella Six

Michele Scalde wins the argument about whose kind is the most noble. He says that the earliest family is the Baronchi family, famous for his hereditary physical defects, as the Lord apparently created this kind when he trained to mold people, hence many mistakes.

Novella Seventh

Madonna Philip, finding herself convicted of treason, for which she was legally punished by the law, explains that her husband did not satisfy her desire, and because she formed a “surplus” gave to the person in need. The Madonna’s speech delighted the judge, and the cruel law was relaxed.

Novella Eighth

Cheska, considering herself to be the most beautiful of all people in the world, condemns other people and says that she is unpleasant to look at the abomination. Then Fresco, her uncle, advises Ceske not to look in the mirror.

Novella Ninth

Over the wise Guildo Cavalcanti try to joke citizens. Finding him in the cemetery, they hear that in their house he, Guido, is ready to listen quietly to their words. Then Guido leaves, the townspeople understand that Guido has compared them in their ignorance and stupidity with the dead, whose house is a cemetery.

Novella Tenth

Brother Cipolla, who came once again to collect the donations of peasants for his order, promises to show parishioners a sacred relic – the pen of Archangel Gabriel. Two jokers, taking advantage of the fact that the servant of Luke, Guccio, a slob and a slacker, pestered an ugly servant, stole a “relic”, which turned out to be a parrot’s pen, and replaced the pen with coals. Discovered during the sermon instead of pen coals, Luke, having told a long story of his wanderings in search of relics, says he confused relics, taking instead of Gabriel’s pen coals on which one of the martyrs was burned. The parishioners believe in Luka and give generous donations; Jokers begin to respect Luke and return the pen to him.

Day Seven

Under the chairmanship of Dioneo, where they talk about jokes that, because of love or for their salvation, their wives have done about their husbands, whether they knew, or not

Novella the First

Gianni Logtheringi hears a knock at the door at night and wakes up his wife. She assures him that this is a ghost, although in fact it is her lover who gives the signal, because he came on a date because of a wrongly turned goat’s head at the gate of the house of Gianni – a conventional sign. Jianni and his wife say over the “ghost” conspiracy prayer, in which the wife veiled explains to the lover that the husband is at home, but the lover can enjoy the leftover food in the garden. The knocking stops.

Novella the second

When her husband returns home, Peronella hides her lover in a wine barrel. The husband sold it, and the wife says that she has already sold it to a man who has climbed into the barrel to see if she is strong. He climbs out of the barrel and tells her husband to scrape it out again, hiding.

Novella the third

Brother Rinaldo is sleeping with his goddess. The husband of the kuma finds him in the same room with her, and she assures her husband that the monk has been talking worms from his godson. Before this, his brother Rinaldo has time to warn his friend, who is entertaining at this time with the maid.

Novella Four

One night, Tofano locked himself at home from his wife, who had gone to her lover. When, despite her requests, she is not allowed in, she pretends to throw herself into the well, throwing a large stone. The terrified Tofano runs out of the house and hurries to the well, and the wife in the meantime enters the house, locks and does not let Tofano back, introducing him to the neighbors a drunkard who came home in the middle of the night and bursting inside.

Novella Fifth

The jealous, disguised as a priest, confesses his wife. She assures him that she loves the priest who comes to her every night. While the jealous guard is secretly guarding at the door, the wife tells her lover to go to her on the roof and spends time with him, then reproaching her husband for jealousy and deceit.

Novella Six

To the Madonna Isabella, when she had Leonetto, comes Messire Lambertchchio, who loved her, but her not beloved. Learning that the husband is nearby, Madonna Isabel tells Leonetto to flee, and Messire Lambertchchio to pursue him with a knife. She explains to her husband that she tried to shelter the rescued from Messer Lambertchchio young man, to whom the first for some unknown reason became angry.

Novella Seventh

Lodovico admits Madonna Beatrice in love and hides in her bedroom. Madonna Beatrice, dressing her husband Egano in a dress, sends him to the garden, so that he tries to catch the one who asks her Lodovico. The same, meanwhile, sleeps with Madonna Beatrice, and then comes out and batters dressed in a woman’s dress sir Egano, saying that he, Ludovico, will not stand the arrogant harassment of his wife to him.

Novella Eighth

Someone begins to be jealous of his wife. She tied a thread to her finger to find out when her lover would come. The husband once comes across a thread and unravels the cunning of his wife, but as he persecutes his lover, the wife puts her maid in bed, which her husband beats, she cuts her braids, and then goes to his wife’s brothers. Having seen their sister alive and unharmed, they are indignant and threaten a jealous person.

Novella Ninth

Lydia, wife of Nicostratus, loves his servant, Pyrrha. In order to be sure of this, Pyrrhus demands from her the fulfillment of the three conditions that she does: she kills the beloved pigeon Nicostratus, saying that he takes too long for her husband, leaving no time for his wife; he tears his beard and tooth from his husband, saying that he is completely rotten. Pyrrhus is assured of Lydia’s love. After that, they begin to play together Nicostratus: it is worthwhile to be under one of the apple trees in his garden with Lydia, as Pyrrhus, who climbed it, insists that the husband and his wife are supposed to make love. As soon as Nicostratus himself climbs onto the apple tree, he sees how the remaining Pyrrhus and Lydia also make love, but if the first was pure deception, the second happens in reality. However, Nicostratus believes in the wonderful properties of the apple tree, which Lydia soon orders to cut down, just in case.

Novella Tenth

Two Sients love one woman, the godfather of one of them. Kum dies and, returning to his comrade, according to the promise he made earlier, says that in purgatory they explained to him what to change with the kuma is not considered a sin. The survivor of the Sian is kumed with his beloved and achieves the goal.

Day eight

Under the chairmanship of Lauretta, where they talk about jokes that a woman is doing every day on a man, a man is over a woman, or a man is over a man

Novella the First

Gulfardo takes Gasparrulo money on loan and, having agreed with his wife that he will sleep with her, hands them to her. After that, he says Gasparruluo in the presence of his wife, that he returned the money to her, and she confirms that this is true.

Novella the second

The parish priest from Varlungo sleeps with the Madonna Belsolore. Taking a mortar from her memory, he leaves her cloak as a pledge of love. Soon he sends a mortar to the Madonna Belsolore with a request to return the cloak. Forced by her husband, she gives a mortgage, saying that the priest “will no longer rub with a pestle in her mortar.”

Novella the third

Calandrino, Bruno and Buffalmacco go down the Muñone to seek heliotrope, a magic stone healing from poisons and making its possessor invisible. Calandrino imagines that he found it, because his friends get tired of searching and pretend not to see Calandrino. He returns home, laden with stones, as he does not know which stone from the heap he has collected is magical. His wife scolds him. Enraged, he beats her, and tells her companions that the woman has destroyed all the spells of heliotrope.

Novella Four

Rector Fiesole loves one widow who does not like him. The widow agrees for the species and invites the abbot home. He does not see in the dark that he is actually sleeping with the ugly servant of the widow. Meanwhile, the brothers of the widow invite a bishop to visit him and lead him to a room where Fiesole sleeps in the arms of a maid.

Novella Fifth

The three young Florentines, pretending to demand urgent court, imperceptibly pull off their pants from one stupid and half-blind judge from Marki, while sitting on the bench, he tries to sort things out.

Novella Six

Bruno and Buffalmacco, without waiting for Calandrino to sell his pig and treat him to the rescue of his friends, steal from Calandrino a pig and encourage him to try and find thieves with ginger pills and vernacular wines. All present are given a pill, the same one who seems bitter – a thief. Sam Calandrino is given one after another bitter pills from a sabur mixed with aloe. Everyone accuses Calandrino of having stolen a pig from himself. He also has to buy off Bruno and Buffalmacco, so they do not tell his wife.

Novella Seventh

Shkolyar loves the widow. Proving his loyalty to the lover, she forces the schoolboy to spend half of the winter night in the snow waiting for her, after which the half-dead returns home and thinks about revenge. Soon, wishing to charm the departed lover from her, on the advice of the schoolboy, she stood in the middle of July for a whole day on the tower, naked, bitten with flies and flies and burnt by the sun. After that, she is found and rescued by the maid at the last gasp.

Novella Eighth

Two live in friendship. One of them converges with the wife of the other. He, having learned about this, negotiates with his wife and locks a friend in a trunk, and plays it with his wife while he sits inside. In the end, both are again friends, and often then play with each other’s wives.

Novella Ninth

Maestro Simone Bruno and Buffalmacco tell the stupid doctor about the secret society in which they both seem to be composed and every evening enjoy luxury and overseas beauties. The doctor wants to join the society and, according to instructions, Bruno and Buffalmacco expects the old temple of a wonderful beast to take him to the collection of a secret society. Buffalmacco, disguised as a beast, carries a doctor on zakorkah, after which he drops it into a garbage pit, where he leaves.

Novella Tenth

A certain Sicilian, pretending to be rich and in love with a merchant, asks him for a large sum of money, after which he forgets about it. Pretending that he returned with more than before, the goods, and taking her even more money, the merchant leaves her in fact barrels of water and vychki.

Day the ninth

Under the chairmanship of Emilia, where everyone talks about what he likes more

Novella the First

Madonna Francesca is loved by a certain Rinuccio and a certain Alessandro, both disliked by her. To make sure of their love, one she tells them to lie down in the tomb, as if dead, another to get out of there an imaginary dead man. When neither of them achieves the goal, she cunningly gets rid of them.

Novella the second

One abbess rises hurriedly in the darkness to grab a nun in bed with her lover, whom she was told. Since with her herself was then a priest, she, believing that she threw a veil over her head, threw priests’ trousers. When the accused saw them and pointed to the abbess, she was released, and she calmly remained with her lover.

Novella the third

Aunt leaves a legacy to the painter Calandrino 200 lire. Bruno, Buffalmacco and Nello want to squander this money. At their request, Maestro Simone assures Calendrino that he became pregnant. He gives them in return for a medicine all the money and heals, without giving birth to anyone.

Novella Four

Cecco, the son of Messire Fortarrigo, loses in Buonconvento everything that he had, as well as the money of Messer’s son Anjoliori. In one shirt Cecco runs after his son Anjoliori, saying that he robbed him, tells the peasants to grab him and, dressing in his dress and sitting on his horse, leaves, leaving him in one shirt.

Novella Fifth

Calandrino falls in love with the mistress of the owner of the house, which Calandrino and his friends-artists paint. Bruno, having agreed with the girl and the owner of the house, gives the “magic” incense of Calandrino and only he touches the girl with the crook, as she follows him. Captured by his wife, brought by Bruno and Buffalmacco, Kalandrino listens to her reproaches.

Novella Six

Two young people spent the night in a hotel. One of them goes to sleep with the daughter of the owner, whose wife, wishing to preserve the honor of her daughter, mistakenly falls on the second guest. The one who was with his daughter, wanting to return to his room, lies mistaken next to the master and, taking him for his friend, tells him everything. Meanwhile, the host’s wife, seeing who she was lying with, in order to avoid shame, says that the guest was just gazing.

Novella Seventh

Talano di Molese, seeing in a dream that a wolf tore at the face and throat of his wife, tells her to beware. She does not do this, and she is really missing a wolf from whom she miraculously saves herself and regrets not listening to her husband.

Novella Eighth

Biondello tells Chakko, the famous glutton for the whole city, that in one of the houses there will be a delicious dinner. Chakko comes to that house and realizes that he is deceived. In retaliation, he slanders Biondello to one verzile, who is good at juggling a joker.

Novella Ninth

Two young people ask Solomon for advice: one – how to make yourself fall in love, the other – how to teach him his stubborn wife. The second advises Solomon to go to the Gusinny Bridge, where both young men see the driver beating a stubby donkey with a stick, and she goes on. At home one of them is beating his wife when she refuses to fulfill his request, and understands the value of Solomon’s advice. The first one understands that he must love himself first, and then they will love him.

Novella

Don Giagni at the request of the godfather Pietra makes a spell to turn his wife into a mare, and when it comes to the tail, he inserts his “tail” to his wife. Kum Pietro says that he does not need such a tail and such a mare.

Day the tenth and the last

Under the chairmanship of Pamfilo, where they talk about those who have done something generous or generous in the affairs of love or in other matters

Novella the First

A valiant knight serves the Spanish king. It seems to him that he is not very rewarded. The king sets the experience: he offers the knight to choose one of two chests, one of which is treasure, and the other is land. When the land gets to the knight, the king decides that, although fate itself does not want wealth to this person, he, the king, will give him both chests.

Novella the second

Ataman Gino di Takko takes prisoner of the abbe Clunya, who went to be treated by the waters, severely heals the abbe’s stomach, and then lets go. He, returning to the Roman court, reconciles the robber Gino with Pope Boniface and presents him to a high position.

Novella the third

Mithridan, who wants to become famous for his generosity, envies the generosity of Nathan and sends him to kill. He meets Nathan, unrecognized, along the way, and, having discerned from him, how to do it, discovers that he was talking with Nathan all this time. Mithridan understands that Nathan was ready to give his life, and that he is more generous, and therefore begins to respect him and is friends with him.

Novella Four

Messer Gentile dei Carizendi, arriving from Modena, extracts from the tomb his beloved woman, accepted and buried for the deceased. Recovered, she gives birth to her son, and sir Gentile brings her back with her child to her husband, Niccoluccio Cacciañimico, than she shows fantastic generosity.

Novella Fifth

Madonna Dianora asks Messire Ansaldo, in love with her, to arrange for her in January a garden as beautiful as in May. Messer Ansaldo, having arranged with one wizard-necromancer, arranges the garden of the Madonna of Dianora. Her husband, upon learning about this, allows her to surrender to Ansaldo. He, having learned about the generosity of his husband, relieves her from fulfilling the promise, and the necromancer, on his part, without taking anything, lets the debt sir Ansaldo.

Novella Six

The victorious King Karl the Elder falls in love with a young girl, the daughter of a noble Italian. Ashamed of his irrationality and unwilling strife, he honorably marries a girl and her sister.

Novella Seventh

King Pietro, having learned of Lisa’s passionate love for him from the minstrel sent by her, comforts her. Subsequently, he gives Lisa a marriage for a noble youth and, kissing her on the forehead, calls herself her knight.

Novella Eighth

Gisippo and Titus Quintius Fulv are very friendly, but in love with one girl. When it is issued for Gisippo, he allows Titus Quintus to sleep with her. When this becomes known, a scandal erupts, and Titus and her lover leave for Rome, where Gisippo comes, impoverished and despised. Titus at the meeting does not recognize Gizippo. He, thinking that Titus despises him, and, to die, slanders himself, claiming that he killed a man. Upon learning of Gisippo and wanting to save him, Titus says that he is the murderer. Hearing this, the perpetrator betrays himself, after which the ruler of all liberates. Tit gives his sister to Gisippo and shares with him all his wealth.

Novella Ninth

Saladin, disguised as a merchant, is well received by Messire Torello. Going to the crusade, sir Torello gives his wife a time to get married, and himself, taken prisoner, becomes known to the sultan Saladin his reduced to care for hunting birds. He, recognizing Torello and announcing to him who was that merchant, gives him great honors. When the term given to his wife goes out, the sorcerer of Saladin in one night brings sir Torello back to his homeland, endowed with treasures and jewels. During the celebration that took place over the marriage of his wife, she recognizes sir Torello, and he returns with her to his home.

Novella Tenth

Marquis of Salutzky takes for himself the daughter of a peasant, Griselda, and, after having two children with her, wishes to experience her. He assures her that he killed the children, and he himself sends them to his relatives for upbringing. Then, pretending that his wife was bored with him and he marries another, he returns his grown daughter and declares her his fiancée, and Griselda orders to drive them in one shirt. Seeing that she is patiently enduring, he brings her back to her home, her beloved more than ever, presents her to her grown-up children, gives her daughter a daughter, raises Griselda’s father, a simple farmer, and loves his wife all his life.

Except for the weekend, when one should devote himself to God, every day ends with a change of the owner of the crown and a new song. The new king announces the topic of the stories the next day and gives orders for settling the life of the company. By order of their kings and queens, the company leaves Florence and enters the abandoned castle with a beautiful garden, where it is located for several days. Then the company goes to the valley, located between the wonderful mountain slopes, where friends enjoy nature. At the end of the 10th day, it was decided to return to Florence, and seven ladies go home, and three young people go on a quest for new adventures.


“Decameron” by Boccaccio in brief summary