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Tale of Filippa

The Tale of Filippa is one of the stories that is contained within Giovanni Boccaccio's Decameron. In this story the main character Filippa is charged by her husband with adultery. During the trial she pleads guilty, however she states that since no women aided in the drafting of the law and the punishment was aimed only at women, then she should not be put to death. In her argument, she also states that she carried out all her womanly duties to her husband which included never denying him in bed. The court was so moved by her statements that it acquitted her and revoked the law.

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