The narrative's emphasis on the heroine's reading of the New Testament must be viewed in connection with similar representations of this notion in the Heptameron
After the publication of Carol Thysell's admirable work, The Pleasure of Discernment: Marguerite de Navarre as Theologian, one might have concluded that the possibilities for original analysis of the connections between spirituality and the Heptameron
were somewhat limited.
This work studies the Heptameron
by Marguerite of Navarre, sister of Francis I of France.
MARGUERITE de Navarre's Heptameron
, a major Renaissance collection of stories, is both derivative and distinctive.
This attitude certainly carried into the Renaissance: in Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron
, academics are rejected as good storytellers because "Monseigneur the Dauphin didn't want their art brought in, and he was afraid that rhetorical ornament would in part falsify the truth of the account" (69).
The nouvelles of the period, Bonaventure Des Periers's Nouvelles Recreations et Joyeux Devis and the Heptameron
, offer only tenuous links between the tales.
14) Chapter four compares how French territory and the changing relationships between crown and aristocracy are represented in both Marguerite de Navarre's story of Floride and Amadour in the Heptameron
and Madame de Lafayette's La Princesse de Cleves.
Two other texts, Castiglione's Il cortegiano and Boccaccio's Decameron, demonstrated very different models for representing male-female dialogue, offering, in Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron
, for example, a strategy for advocating an evangelical proto-feminist agenda to a mixed-gender audience.
While the form of her presentation recalls Boccaccio's Decameron, the content of Marguerite's Heptameron
purports to be wholly different.
A representative example of a work by one of Contarini's cohorts is Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron
, a highly literary work presented as the collection of tales told by a group of travelers.
She imagines a situation rather like the situation in the Decameron or in Marguerite de Navarre's Heptameron
, or in Basile's Pentamerone, in which the characters in the frame tell stories.
Nor would one suspect auctorial capriciousness in Marguerite de Navarre's "Second Story" of The Heptameron
(1588) on reading that the valet takes a phallic knife and stabs the faithful wife to death when she refuses to submit to him.