Patient Griselda

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The story of Griselda appears in several collections of medieval stories. In each appearance, the story goes roughly along roughly the same lines as this summary from the Decameron's version:

The Marquis of Saluzzo [Gualtieri], overborne by the entreaties of his vassals, consents to take a wife, but, being minded to please himself in the choice of her, takes a husbandman's daughter [Griselda]. He has two children by her, both of whom he makes her believe that he has put to death. Afterward, feigning to be tired of her, and to have taken another wife, he turns her out of doors in her shift, and brings his daughter into the house in guise of his bride; but, finding her patient under it all, he brings her home again, and shows her her children, now grown up, and honours her, and causes her to be honoured, as Marchioness.

The following links include illustrations and artwork showing the story of Patient Griselda, as well as appearances of this story in literary works. (See also The Griselda Game in The Chaucer Review, vol. 39.)