Marguerite de Navarre

Margaret of Navarre

Margaret of Navarre (nəvär´) or Margaret of Angoulême (äNgōōlām´), 1492–1549, queen consort of Navarre; sister of King Francis I of France. After the death of her first husband she married (1527) Henri d'Albret, king of Navarre; their daughter was Jeanne d'Albret. Margaret was an ardent supporter of religious liberty and mild church reform. Her brilliant court at Navarre was frequented by literary men, among them Étienne Dolet, Clément Marot, and François Rabelais. A writer herself, she is best known for the Heptaméron (1558), an original collection of 72 stories in the manner of Boccaccio. She also wrote plays and poems.

See studies of the Heptameron by J. Gelernt (1966) and M. Tetel (1973); biography by E. R. Chamberlin (1974).

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Continental Humanist Poetics: Studies in Erasmus, Castiglione, Marguerite de Navarre, Rabelais, and Cervantes
Arthur F. Kinney.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1989
Critical Tales: New Studies of the Heptameron and Early Modern Culture
John D. Lyons; Mary B. McKinley.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993
Guilty Sisters: Marguerite De Navarre, Elizabeth of England, and the Miroir De L'ame Pecheresse
Snyder, Susan.
Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 50, No. 2, Summer 1997
Marguerite De Navarre and the Androgynous Portrait of Francois Ier
Meyer, Barbara Hochstetler.
Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 48, No. 2, Summer 1995
"Tout Mon Office:" Body Politics and Family Dynamics in the Verse Epitres of Marguerite De Navarre (*)
Middlebrook, Leah.
Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 54, No. 4, Winter 2001
Aging and Identity: A Humanities Perspective
Sara Munson Deats; Lagretta Tallent Lenker.
Praeger Publishers, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 11 "Aging and the Continental Community: Good Counsel in the Writings of Two Mature European Princesses, Marguerite de Navarre and Madame Palatine"
Culture and Change: Attending to Early Modern Women
Margaret Mikesell; Adele Seeff.
University of Delaware Press, 2003
Librarian’s tip: "'And Then She Fell on a Great Laughter': Tudor Diplomats Read Marguerite de Navarre" begins on p. 41
Rape and Writing in the Heptameron of Marguerite de Navarre
Patricia Francis Cholakian.
Southern Illinois University, 1991
Distant Voices Still Heard: Contemporary Readings of French Renaissance Literature
John O'brien; Malcolm Quainton.
Liverpool University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Fetishism and Storytelling in Nouvelle 57 of Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron"
French Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook
Eva Martin Sartori; Dorothy Wynne Zimmerman.
Greenwood Press, 1991
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