Die ‚patria potestas‘ in Boccaccios ‚Decameron‘

PD Dr. Pia Claudia Doering 1
  • 1 Exzellenzcluster Religion und Politik, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Johannisstraße 1, Münster, Germany
PD Dr. Pia Claudia Doering
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  • Exzellenzcluster Religion und Politik, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, Johannisstraße 1, 48143, Germany
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Abstract

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.

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