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Die ‚patria potestas‘ in Boccaccios ‚Decameron‘

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From the journal Das Mittelalter


The power of fathers over their children – especially over their daughters – is a central theme of Boccaccio’s ‘Decameron’. Novella V,7 situates the ‘patria potestas’ in a tension-filled position between honour and law, vigilante justice and public prosecution. The legitimation of cruelty and violence by invoking the ‘patria potestas’ is questioned through the confrontation with poetic justice.

Online erschienen: 2020-06-19
Erschienen im Druck: 2020-06-03

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