Griselda

/gri zel"deuh/, n.
1. a woman of exemplary meekness and patience.
2. a female given name: from a Germanic word meaning "gray battle."
[(def. 1) after a character in a tale of the same name in Boccaccio's Decameron]

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▪ fictional character
also spelled  Grisilda,  Griseldis,  Grisel , or  Grissil , also called  Patient Griselda 

      character of romance in medieval and Renaissance Europe, noted for her enduring patience and wifely obedience. She was the heroine of the last tale in the Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, who derived the story from a French source. Petrarch translated Boccaccio's Italian version into Latin in De Obidentia ac fide uxoria mythologia, upon which Geoffrey Chaucer based his English version found in “The Clerk's Tale” of the Canterbury Tales. The English playwright Thomas Dekker (Dekker, Thomas) collaborated on another version, Patient Grissil (1603).

      The story relates how the Marquis of Saluzzo chooses Griselda for his wife from among the peasantry and, to test her fidelity, first pretends that their children are dead by his hand and then pretends to remarry out of boredom and cast her aside. Through these and other trials, Griselda maintains her patience and devotion, and finally he relents; Griselda is returned to her home and children, winning everyone's admiration.

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