The Heptameron

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Penguin Books Limited, 1984 - Fiction - 542 pages
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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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Literature of 1550s France, 15 February 2015 This review is from: The Heptameron (Classics) (Kindle Edition) Attributed to Marguerite of Navarre and set in mid-1500s Europe, this is an intriguing ... Read full review

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Thoughts...............The Heptameron, attributed to De Navarre, sister of Francois I, is a collection of 72 short stories told by a group of stranded travelers awaiting rescue. This is the premise ... Read full review

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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, 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, society and politics.

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