Judging the judge in Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron

Clare Sandford-Couch

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Taking an interdisciplinary approach the article offers a fresh legal historical understanding of the Fifth Story of the Eighth Day in Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron. Detailed analysis of the tale reveals much about the realities of the administration of justice in fourteenth century Florence and contemporary expectations of those exercising judicial authority. In making apparent the expectation that judges would look and act in a certain manner, the article suggests that Boccaccio’s story can be interpreted as offering an insight into the extent to which public perception of a man’s identity as a judge was dependent upon his appearance and attire.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-584
Number of pages18
JournalLaw, Culture and Humanities
Issue number2
Early online date24 May 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019


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