The Heptameron by Navarre Marguerite Marguerite De Navarre

The Heptameron

byNavarre Marguerite Marguerite De NavarreTranslated byPaul A. ChiltonIntroduction byPaul A. Chilton

Paperback | June 5, 1984

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In the early 1500s five men and five women find themselves trapped by floods and compelled to take refuge in an abbey high in the Pyrenees. When told they must wait days for a bridge to be repaired, they are inspired - by recalling Boccaccio's Decameron - to pass the time in a cultured manner by each telling a story every day. The stories, however, soon degenerate into a verbal battle between the sexes, as the characters weave tales of corrupt friars, adulterous noblemen and deceitful wives. From the cynical Saffredent to the young idealist Dagoucin or the moderate Parlamente - believed to express De Navarre's own views - The Heptameron provides a fascinating insight into the minds and passions of the nobility of sixteenth century France.

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Paul A. Chilton is Senior Lecturer at the University of Warwick. He is the author of books and articles on French Renaissance literature and on language, society and politics. Paul A. Chilton is Senior Lecturer at the University of Warwick. He is the author of books and articles on French Renaissance literature and on language, soci...
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Title:The HeptameronFormat:PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7.79 × 5.1 × 1 inPublished:June 5, 1984Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:014044355X

ISBN - 13:9780140443554

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Often looked upon as the ilk of Decameron and The Canterbury Tales, The Heptameron shares the stories of 10 people who have taken refuge from a series of disasters in a Pyrenean abbey. Ranging in subject from the bawdy to the romantic, from anti-clerical humour to serious spiritual reflection, this vigorous collection offers a surprisingly immediate picture of life in sophisticated 16th-century France. Marguerite De Navarre used this work to distinguish herself as more than just the sister of Francis I.