Where to Find Information About the Heptameron?
The Heptameron is a collection of 72 tales. The plots are often bawdy and explore the messy complications of relationships between men and women. There are tales of seduction, deceit, infidelity and cruelty, but also ones which celebrate virtue and kindness.Though many of the stories are very well written and also have value as historical documents offering a window onto the life and manners of the Renaissance, particularly the relationships between men and women, the Heptameron has not enjoyed the same degree of literary and critical success as the Decameron, which is the inspiration for the title of this collection as well as its format. As a result there are not very many sites or articles online dealing with the study of this book. The following is a list of sites that I believe that may be useful to anyone wishing to learn more about the Heptameron.
Links to Sites About the Heptameron
|The following links are relavant to the Heptameron written by Marguerite de Navarre, not to be confused with the grimoire and book of magic by the same name supposedly written by Pietro d'Abano.|
- Feminine Authority in the Heptameron - A Reading of Oysille -- a scholarly article byPaula Sommers in Modern Language Studies Vol. 13, No. 2 (Spring, 1983), pp. 52-59
- Platonism - Myth or Reality in the Heptameron? -- Robert W. Bernard inThe Sixteenth Century Journal Vol. 5, No. 1 (Apr., 1974), pp. 3-14
- http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/navarre/heptameron/heptameron.html -- An online edition of the Heptameron using an alternate translation different from the one found at this site.
- The romance of adultery: queenship and sexual transgression in Old French Literature -- an interesting analysis of some of the stories of the Heptameron under the heading of "Seduction, Maternity and Royal Authority"
- http://www.bookrags.com/Heptameron -- offers links to a a number of critical essays about the Heptameron. Pay to download.
- http://www.quellehistoire.com/docu/heptameron.pdf -- an essay about the Heptameron written in French and in PDF format.
- Appeals For Pity In The Heptameron. -- an online critical essay. Available on a free trial or by subscription.
- The First Illustrated Edition of the Heptameron, published 1698 -- The site is maintained by the University of Provence and is in French. However you can easily navigate the illustrations.
- Marguerite, Queen of Navarre -- a short but insightful biography of the this enigmatic Queen and her contribution to politics, literature and religious life.
Online Edition of the Heptameron