The Heptameron of the Tales of Margaret, Queen of Navarre, Vol. 2

Marguerite of Navarre (1492 - 1549)
Translated by George Saintsbury (1845 - 1933)

THE HEPTAMERON, first published posthumously in 1558, is divided into seven complete days containing 10 stories each, and an eighth day containing only 2 stories. The stories, many of which deal with love and infidelity, resulted in "accusations of looseness" by critics of the day. The author, Margaret of Navarre (also known as Margaret of Angoulême) became an influential woman in the intellectual and cultural circles of the French Renaissance.

From an 1892 essay by the translator George Saintsbury: "In so large a number of stories with so great a variety of subjects, it naturally cannot but be the case that there is a considerable diversity of tone. But that peculiarity at which we have glanced more than once, the combination of voluptuous passion with passionate regret and a mystical devotion, is seldom absent for long together...The question, What is the special virtue of the Heptameron? I have myself little hesitation in answering. There is no book, in prose and of so early a date, which shows to me the characteristic of the time as it influenced the two great literary nations of Europe so distinctly as this book of Margaret of Angoulême… - Summary adapted from Wikipedia and excerpted from the text by lubee930

Genre(s): Single Author Collections

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 First Day, Tale VIII Lynne T
Play 02 First Day, Tale IX Anna Simon
Play 03 First Day, Tale X, Part 1 Mary J
Play 04 First Day, Tale X, Part 2 Mary J
Play 05 First Day, Tale X, Part 3 Mary J
Play 06 First Day, Tale X, Part 4 Mary J
Play 07 Second Day, Prologue and Tale XI (A) Lynne T
Play 08 Second Day, Tale XI (B) Lynne T
Play 09 Second Day, Tale XII Mary J
Play 10 Second Day, Tale XIII Mary J
Play 11 Second Day, Tale XIV Lynne T
Play 12 Second Day, Tale XV, Part 1 Mary J
Play 13 Second Day, Tale XV, Part 2 Mary J
Play 14 Second Day, Tale XVI Lynne T
Play 15 Second Day, Tale XVII Mary J
Play 16 Second Day, Tale XVIII Mary J
Play 17 Appendix A, Tale VIII, Page 1 Martin Geeson
Play 18 Appendix B, Tale XI (B), Page 95 Martin Geeson
Play 19 Appendix C, Tale XII, Page 101 Martin Geeson
Play 20 Appendix D, Tale XVI, Page 183 Martin Geeson
Play 21 Appendix E, Tale XVII, Page 195 Martin Geeson