Francesca da Polenta
“Carnal pleasures are no crime.” — Francesca da Polenta

Francesca da Polenta is one of the damned which Dante must punish or absolve for "Forbidden Love" and "The Damned" achievement/trophy. She is encountered in the circle of Lust.

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If the player does not absolve her, the "Foridden Love" achievement will be locked out. If the player does absolve her, it will go to both "The Damned" and "Forbidden Love".

In life, she fell for her old and deformed husband's younger brother Paolo Malatesta. When Francesca's husband discovered their adultery, he had the young lovers killed.


  • In The Inferno, Dante beholds the shades of both Francesca de Polenta and her lover, Paolo, together in the second circle of Hell. Francesca goes on to tell Dante her tragic tale of lust.
Condemned Souls
Pontius Pilate ·  Orpheus ·  Electra ·  Francesca da Polenta ·  Paolo Malatesta ·  Semiramis ·  Ciacco ·  Clodia
Tarpeia ·  Gessius Florus ·  Fulvia ·  Boudica ·  Hecuba ·  Filippo Argenti ·  Emperor Frederick II
Cavalcante de Cavalcanti ·  Farinata degli Uberti ·  Attila the Hun ·  Pietro della Vigna ·  Brunetto Latini
Guido Guerra ·  Thaïs ·  Tiresias ·  Myrrha ·  Fra Alberigo ·  Mordred ·  Count Ugolino

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