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About the Author: Marguerite de Navarre

Marguerite de Navarre, also known as Marguerite d Angoul me and Margaret of Navarre, was the queen consort of King Henry II of Navarre As patron of humanists and reformers, and as an author in her own right, she was an outstanding figure of the French Renaissance Samuel Putnam called her The First Modern Woman.



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  1. says:

    Even had Marguerite de Navarre not written The Heptameron, the world of letters would be deeply indebted to her for her patronage of Rabelais and his genius novels about the giants Gargantua and Pantagruel As it is, we owe her even for her assemblage of a treasury of bawdy tales a cycle which is consciously modeled upon Boccaccio s Decameron.Ten travelers, five women and five men, are delayed in their travels when a rainstorm washes out a bridge While they await its rebuilding, they entertain themselves by telling stories The bridge will take ten days to rebuild, and they agree that each of them will tell one story each day They agree to a few ground rules for their storytelling the stories must be true identities of guilty parties tend to be protected, but we know who they really are wink, wink, nudge, nudge and the stories must not be derived from professional tellers of tales What we overhear along with the monks hosting our traveling party are 72 stories the book was never finished of bawd, debauchery, faithlessness and faithfulness, lust, rape, love, women and men, cuckoldry, decrepit and unruly monks and priests, honour and chastity, and in general The Great Battle of the Sexes, Sixteenth Century Edition.Not to be missed is the framing tale of the ten travelers Their stories are chosen to bolster their own views about the relations of the sexes this one to demonstrate the faithlessness of the supposedly chaste woman, that one to demonstrate the lack of control men have over their own lust, the other to prove that one should never leave a monk alone with a maiden or one s own wife Their discussions about each story reveal a complex hermeneutic, one person claiming that the story demonstrates that the protagonist is a faithful wife, while the other claims that the story proves that women are only after their own pleasure de Navarre knows better than to tell us any kind of truth about a quagmire as rich in literary possibilities as is the everlasting battle of the sexes.I read the Chilton translation of 1984 from Penguin It is a rather stiff collared translation, somewhat stilted, feeling archaic than contemporary, even without archaisms de Narvarre s language is multi voiced and a translator must pay close attention to multiple subtleties I won t enthusiastically endorse Chilton, but whichever translation one picks up, be sure that it contain as complete a text as possible The Heptameron has a rather checkered textual history.


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    Part of my incentive for reading books like these for my own pleasure this copy of mine, purchased at a library sale, has a sticker from being checked out of a college reserves for a Medieval and Romance class is encountering this chunk of the canon on my own terms before some future class sinks its claws into it I wouldn t say that all first meetings with a text that occur in a classroom are doomed Hamlet in my senior year of high school is a prime example , but enough of my past has been littered with such misguided ruination that I prefer to take what I can get while I still have the time Also, I will not deny that another part of the urge is to be able to say yes indeed I have read the thing and can discuss it with you to the full extent of text and capabilities so giving me that sidelong look of snickering disbelief will only leave you with a brainfull of hurt, so Both conscientious autodidacticism and personal pride work out in the end.I must admit to two things in regards to this work One, were it not for the intermissions where the storytellers debate among themselves over the previous story s merits, accuracy, and interpretations, I would have ended the book bored out of my gourd Two, The Decameron is one of the few books that I gave up in high school and haven t yet given a second chance as the most famous example of the breed The Heptameron belongs to, it s not a mark in my favor that it remains abandoned However, that happened in 10th grade, and I feel I ve come far enough in my reading to try my hand again at books of its sort Besides, next year s looking good for a return to Boccaccio, so it won t remain stalled for much longer However, although the law of men attaches dishonor to women who fall in love with those who aren t their husbands, the law of God does not exempt men who fall in love with women who aren t their wives. I like variety in my feminist texts so as to keep the critical thinking fresh and the respect for differences of opinions sound In light of that, while this is yet another white woman that I m reading, 16th century French nobility is nothing to sneeze at, especially when considering the author was almost declared a heretic in times when that still meant sociopolitical death Also, the text itself is of merit on its own terms, as the adherence to stories of what had actually occurred told by characters based off of real life personages makes for a fascinating cross section of both history and historical thought Trust me, when you know that the character Parlamente is a stand in for Marguerite de Navarre herself and Hircan is her husband the King, their clashes of opinion take on a new and powerful context In my opinion, said Saffredent, when a man desires that sort of thing from a woman, the greatest honour he can do her is to take her by force A popular sentiment in those days that has changed less in the last four and a three quarter centuries than most would like This, along with other claims of death by lack of love and or male fucking supported by arguments of honor and God made for a multifarious thought experiment equal parts empowering, odious, and insightful As for favorites, Story 49 involved a woman having sex with one man after the other who each thought he was the only one, a group of that after discovering the truth attempted to slut shame her en masse and ended up failing miserably The woman neither died of shame nor was murdered by irate manpain, and that s just the way I like it Although what the Queen of Castille had done was certainly not something to be praised either in her or anybody else, Oisille could see that on the pretext of criticizing her behaviour the men would go so far in speaking ill of women in general that they would no spare women who were modest and chaste than they would those who were wanton and lewd. In terms of my favorite of the ten characters, while Parlamente can be most relied upon for moral intelligence, it is the super religious Oisille that is the owner of that brilliant tidbit above When combined with this later musing of hers Man s greatest woe, therefore, is to desire death and not to be able to have it Consequently, the greatest punishment hat can be meted out to an evil doer is not death but continuous torture, torture, severe enough to make him desire death, yet not so severe that it causes death. she s definitely the most hardcore of the lot, a lot whose bantering discussions I was sad to see end Instead of the planned 100, Navarre s work stretches only to 72, but the bulk has enough going for it to make the abrupt parting a thoughtful one The work s survived 472 years and counting for good reason, I can tell you that much.


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    a faisait longtemps que je voulais lire ces histoires crites sur le mod le du D cam ron de Boccace Ici seulement sept journ es au lieu des dix de l italien pour Marguerite de Navarre 1492 1549 , s ur de Fran ois Ier, mais c est assez J ai appr ci la vari t comme le piquant des situations, mais aussi les changes anim s et plein de sel de nos conteurs Mais la lecture a t lente et parfois un peu p nible le texte est en fran ais d poque, et a demande un effort d adaptation un peu usant la longue, qui l emporte sur la satisfaction ou le plaisir de lire un fran ais un peu diff rent Sinon, c est une tr s belle uvre, plaisante et dr le Cette dition a un appareil critique cons quent, et comme j avais achet un livre d occasion, j ai pu profiter de tous les crayonnages de la pr c dente lectrice, laquelle avait vraisemblablement tudi le texte dans ses moindres d tails.


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    Marguerite de Navarre was the sister of Francis I of France and so was the grandmother of Henri de Navarre, and the great aunt of Marguerite, better known as la reine Margot from the Dumas novel and far fabulous film.Although her authorship is disputed, the Heptameron is usually attributed to her, and first appeared in print in the mid 1500s Inspired by Boccaccio s The Decameron, this uses a similar framework of a group of noble French men and women trapped and taking refuge in a flood in order to amuse themselves, they take it in turns to tell a series of stories each day on a set theme.Bawdy, erotic, sweet, witty and funny, these tales chart a verbal battle of the sexes, and the story tellers reveal and conceal their own erotic fears and fantasies Slightly reminiscent, also, of Chaucer, the stories are full of tricky wives, adulterous husbands, corrupt churchmen and nobles either getting away with it, or their come uppance, depending on the ideology of the teller More disturbing is the number of stories which centre on rape and sexual violence against women, often depicted as merely excessive passion on the part of the male lover and it s this aspect of the book which has attracted the attention of so many feminist scholars.Equally fascinating is the relationship between the story teller and the story they tell, as well as the gradually revealed tensions within the group itself we re never quite sure about the back histories and sexual currents that flow between husbands, wives, mistresses and lovers, but certainly the stories are used as weapons and coded messages In this sense, the real story takes place in the interstices of the ostensible tales and emerges only provisionally and hesitantly.Whether this was really written by a woman, or merely collected by her with just some of her own writings included, this throws a fascinating light on C16th French debates about the nature of gender, and particularly the politics of the erotic.


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    Well, it turns out that one of my favorite literary forms is what the editor of the Penguin edition of Jan Potocki s novel The Manuscript Found in Saragossa has dubbed The novel in frames This form would be a collection of tales recounted specifically, usually stories bearing traces of an oral tradition they were called novellas in the Middle Ages when this form was most prevalent within some sort of frame story pulling the disparate tales collected into a cohesive narrative whole of one type or another Apuleius Metamorphoses AKA The Golden Ass is perhaps the oldest Occidental novel in frames and The 1,001 Nights and Giovanni Boccaccio s The Decameron are certainly the most well know However, Potocki s clever pseudo Gothic extravaganza and Marguerite de Navarre s study of the concept and practice of love and male female relations in early 16th century France, Spain, and Italy are both lesser known but non the less lovely and worthwhile exemplars of the minor Occidental tradition of the form.The most interesting element, for me, of The Heptameron is how well it exploits the proliferation of voices in its story telling frame In fact, although not exactly what he had in mind in his study of Dostoevsky s novels, I can think of no other text that so well evoked what critic Mikhail Bakhtin calls The dialogic In its exploration of the concept, still in many ways formulating itself in Early Modern Europe at the time of the text s composition, the Heptameron acts almost like a narrative Socratic dialogue upon the subject, with discussion and examples Fascinatingly the tales bring up the obvious but so difficult fact that love is the vaguest of all of our Indo European words, with as many concepts surrounding it as people have existed, used, lived by, and grown disillusioned with the word.Of course, since love is gendered, the male and female tale tellers here tell tales from their gender s two perspectives, and then argue copiously about what the narratives mean philosophically throughout Not only is this entertaining for what a narrative means once it has been told is always fascinating, I think, and having the text itself offer than one interpretation for each of its narratives is certainly food for thought and tends to lift us out of our modern and opinionated subjectivity but we are offered a female perspective here from an era in which women were almost only seen and hardly ever heard so the perspective is welcome The text s opinions are also expressed in ways surprisingly different than our modern identity politics and editorial arguments Although the male characters views are a bit extreme at times perhaps invoked to be ridiculed rather than to be examined I didn t find the interpretive discussions following the narratives annoyingly one sided After all, men do often take ultra stances in order to be taken for masculine than we really are, and women do often fall back on religion which protects them and their chastity in situations where they are otherwise vulnerable to the sexual double standard or to the threat of sexual violence So, while extreme views are taken on both sides, the text is never really feminist in the modern sense of the word although I do think that, collectively, the stories seem to favor a female perspective It would be fascinating if the text turned out to have been written by a man, which I think is not at all impossible, and would, in the best case scenario, underscore my feelings that great texts are not gendered nearly as much as we assume them to be The Heptameron takes on its theme, love, as a feeling, certainly, as desire, as jealousy, as joy and or a font for melancholy, even frustration and disappointment, but also love as the social convention that institutions have made it, part of the family s clan building that European tradition of nobility passed down from the Roman patrician class Marriage presented therefore as duty, or amongst the lower classes perhaps as a bond, a relationship with others But love in the Renaissance was also a part of social manners, of courtly decorum, an entirely symbolic bond that fine amours of chaste medieval lovers who exist in idyllic realms outside of either marriage or illicit sexuality as well as the partial property of the Catholic church, and often meddled with the priests and monks who, although officially exempt this text makes abundantly clear , were often the most sexually frustrated characters of the period Even beyond the courtly situations, dynasty moves, and emotional states all of which we might expect from a text of this period on this topic I was surprised by the text s unveiling of actual erotic issues like the randiness of the Franciscans and even female sexual desire without, of course, being explicit in any way.Narrative is the perfect place for the unfolding of eroticism, it now occurs to me, linking it implicitly with all of the other issues mentioned above For, in real life, we never or at least I never have approached a stranger in a neutral room in order to perform a sex act, as contemporary pornography frames it, in a theatrical and groundless manner void of content and therefore any inhibitions or even, sometimes, goodwill In reality we walk a delicate crossroads between emotion, sexual desire, social convention, future allegiance, ideology and romanticism whenever we speak to another human being and The Heptameron reminded me just what a complex conglomerate our interest in love is and how wholly it is interconnected to nearly every other aspect of our social lives, despite our culture s holding its very core as its greatest taboo subject.Also interesting here is the Early Modern quite early Renaissance tone of the collection For some reason perhaps a misleading, anachronistic Penguin book cover I assumed for years that The Heptameron was from a later period, seventeenth or eighteenth century Actually, it appears to have been collected composed in the first half of the sixteenth century, smack dab in the first days of what we used to call the Renaissance It sits, like its cousins, Ariosto s Orlando Furioso and Cervantes far satirical Don Quixote, as a text soaked in the Medieval idyllic invention of a concept of courtly, chivalric love, full of emotion AND social convention, but it also enacts, in many of its narratives, the staining and ruination of such a concept and its conventions when some people fail to play by the rules Particularly at fault here is the priest monk class, who often than not impede love in these tales or, because of their own inability to adhere to any of the social conventions of love because their vocation precludes marriage or fine amours , simply rape Such realism, which quickly produces irony and cynicism, is perhaps why this medievalist finds the Early Modern period so disappointing depressing Machiavelli et al To me the Renaissance represents the loss of innocence in the Western world, our introduction to the Satanic and witch hunting, vigilantes, and the rule of the law through execution so quickly fallows that disappointment.


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    The Heptameron is an extremely important historical document and great work of literature The author was the Queen of Navarre and mother of Jeanne d Albret who will become the Queen of France and will play a major role in the success of the Calvinist Reformation in France From the Heptameron one gains tremendous insight into the values and social attitudes of the aristocratic classes that were about to wreck havoc in Europe.Marguerite de Navarre was a serious minded woman who viewed the conventions of her time with a critical eye Unlike the Boccaccio s Decameron on which it was modelled, the Heptameron is only intermittently funny Marguerite finds the corruption and lechery of the clergy reprehensible She cannot laugh at it all the time She has to attack it outright on occasions Similarly, she occasionally sees humour arising from the powerlessness of women in her society but unlike Boccaccio she will not simply laugh when she describes women who use deceit to get around their male masters She wants things to change and believes they can With such a mother we can understand why her daughter embraced Calvinism Mother and daughter wanted society to change and improve itself.The Heptameron was supposed to be a Decameron but the author only lived to write 72 tales As in the Decameron or the Canterbury Tales there is a group of 10 people who take turn telling tales What is so distinctive about the Heptameron is that after every tale, there is a group discussion in which widely differing interpretations are put forward Marguerite de Navarre does not take sides She wants to show that among intelligent people there existed well thought out divergence of opinion on most issues.This is an outstanding document of its time It demonstrates that critical thinking has been with us for a very long time.


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    I hope de Navarre is suing the makers of the Tudors I really do.Talk about your love triangles.


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    Marguerite de Navarre was the sister of Francis I of France and so was the grandmother of Henri de Navarre, and the great aunt of Marguerite, better known as la reine Margot from the Dumas novel.Although her authorship is disputed, the Heptameron is usually attributed to her, and first appeared in print in the mid 1500s Inspired by Boccaccio s Decameron, this uses a similar framework of a group of noble French men and women trapped and taking refuge in a flood in order to amuse themselves, they take it in turns to tell a series of stories each day on a set theme.Bawdy, erotic, sweet, witty and funny, these tales chart a verbal battle of the sexes, and the story tellers reveal and conceal their own erotic fears and fantasies Slightly reminiscent, also, of Chaucer, the stories are full of tricky wives, adulterous husbands, corrupt churchmen and nobles either getting away with it, or their come uppance, depending on the ideology of the teller.And it is this fascinating relationship between the story teller and the story they tell, as well as the gradually revealed tensions within the group itself that lift this beyond the purely entertaining not that there s anything wrong with the pure ability to entertain.Whether this was really written by a woman, or merely collected by her with just some of her own writings included, this throws a fascinating light on C16th French debates about the nature of gender, and particularly the politics of the erotic.


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    This is not a fast read at all, there are V 5 long volumes with many sections but completely worth it It was meant to be 100 stories but Marguerite de Navarre died and ergo there are 72 stories and I shall salute you if you ve read them all The dialogue between the narrators are absolutely hilarious The morals are ridiculous such as a woman s fervor might kills her with fever should she be too chaste or a warning to not test a lover in too difficult a test or you might lose him These are tales that explore the avarice of earthly desire and the virtues of the human heart, both with their recompense Some stories are just downright hilarious like Tale V from the Volume I 1 , Grey Friar Deceiving The Gentleman of P rigord from volume III 3 , and Young Gentleman Embracing his Mother from volume III 3.


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