The Heptameron: Tales and Novels of Marguerite, Queen of Navarre

By: Machen, Arthur

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First thus. Numbered 1844 of 2000. No jacket. Minor general wear. 1924 Hard Cover. xxv, 385 pp. Green boards with gilt titles and decor on spine and on front board. Top page ridge gilt. 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.

Title: The Heptameron: Tales and Novels of Marguerite, Queen of Navarre

Author: Machen, Arthur

Categories: Short Stories, Continental, Medieval, Historical,

Edition: First Thus

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf: 1924

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: Near Fine

Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Seller ID: 2291627

Keywords: HEPTAMERON MARGUERITE QUEEN OF NAVARRE CLASSICS LITERATURE FICTION SHORT STORIES FRANCE CONTINENTAL FRENCH LITERATURE MIDDLE AGES MEDIEVAL HISTORICAL FICTION,