The Heptameron

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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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Critical Tales: New Studies of the Heptameron and Early Modern Culture
John D. Lyons; Mary B. McKinley.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993
Rape and Writing in the Heptameron of Marguerite de Navarre
Patricia Francis Cholakian.
Southern Illinois University, 1991
Continental Humanist Poetics: Studies in Erasmus, Castiglione, Marguerite de Navarre, Rabelais, and Cervantes
Arthur F. Kinney.
University of Massachusetts Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron des Nouvells: The Poetics of Metaphysics and the Fiction of L'inquietisme"
Magdalen's Skull: Allegory and Iconography in 'Heptameron' 32
Rigolot, Francois.
Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 47, No. 1, Spring 1994
Appeals for Pity in the Heptameron
Baker, Mary J.
Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature, Vol. 53, No. 3, Spring 2001
Polyphonic Narrative in Early Modern France: A Question of Literary History
Neal, Lisa; Rendall, Steven.
The Romanic Review, Vol. 87, No. 3, May 1996
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 Heptaméron"
Gender, Rhetoric, and Print Culture in French Renaissance Writing
Floyd Gray.
Cambridge University Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Reading and Writing in the Tenth Story of the Heptaméron" begins on p. 47
French Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook
Eva Martin Sartori; Dorothy Wynne Zimmerman.
Greenwood Press, 1991
Librarian’s tip: "The Taleteller" begins on p. 318
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