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Recipe for a Happy Life Heptameron Summary The Heptameron consists of 72 short stories or tales told by different narrators. In the book, the fictional narrators are also the audience in that each of the main characters takes turns telling stories and listening to the others stories. As such The Heptameron employs a narrative device common at the time, that of stories within stories. It has much in common with the Decameron after which it is directly modeled and other works such as The Canterbury Tales and even the Arabian Nights. In the Heptameron, a group of travelers have gone to the baths in the Pyrenees Mountains. A severe rainstorm and resulting flood washes away the roads and bridges and the travelers are stranded.

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Recipe for a Happy Life Heptameron Summary The Heptameron consists of 72 short stories or tales told by different narrators. In the book, the fictional narrators are also the audience in that each of the main characters takes turns telling stories and listening to the others stories.

As such The Heptameron employs a narrative device common at the time, that of stories within stories. It has much in common with the Decameron after which it is directly modeled and other works such as The Canterbury Tales and even the Arabian Nights. In the Heptameron, a group of travelers have gone to the baths in the Pyrenees Mountains.

A severe rainstorm and resulting flood washes away the roads and bridges and the travelers are stranded. After some misadventures with bandits, a man eating bear, and the drowning of many of their servants and horses, the group of well to do travelers settle in near The Abbey of Our Lady of Serrance, in the valley of Aspe.

They decide to lift their spirits and pass the time by telling each other stories while they wait for the roads to be reopened so that they can return to their homes. As the character Ennasuite states "the loss of servants need not bring despair, since others may readily be found"! The group consists of ten narrators in total, with the elderly widow Osille being elected leader of the group.

The group agrees that they will take turns telling ten stories each, for a total of , over a period of ten days. The rest will then each tell their stories. Even Marguerite de Navarre playfully acknowledged her debt to Boccaccio by having the characters expressly state that they will be doing as Boccaccio had done.

The ten narrators of the Heptameron, five men and five women, are:.

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The elder of the two was Margaret, the principal subject of this memoir, born on the 11th of April, ; the younger, born on the 12th of September, , was the prince who succeeded Louis XII. Married when she was little more than eleven years old, Louise of Savoy was left a widow before she had completed her eighteenth year, and thenceforth devoted herself with exemplary assiduity to the care of her children, who repaid her solicitude by the warm affection they always felt for their mother and for each other. She was a woman of remarkable beauty and capacity, and her character and conduct were deserving, in many respects, of the eulogies which her daughter never wearied of lavishing upon them; but less partial writers have convicted her of criminal acts, which brought disasters upon her son and her country. In the first year of his reign, Francis I. He was absent but a few months; nevertheless, this first regency enabled Louise of Savoy to fill the most important offices with men entirely devoted to her interests, and even to her caprices and to gratify by any and every means the insatiable thirst for money with which she was cursed. He returned to Paris with only two attendants, and sought an audience of the king, who refused at first to receive him.

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Louise was considered one of the most brilliant feminine minds in France and she named their first-born, "Marguerite", after her own mother. She had several half-siblings, from illegitimate relationships of her father, who were raised alongside Marguerite and her brother. Her father died when she was nearly four; her one-year-old brother became heir presumptive to the throne of France. Thanks to her mother, who was only nineteen when widowed, Marguerite was carefully tutored from her earliest childhood and given a classical education that included Latin. With this decree, Marguerite was forced to marry a generally kind, but practically-illiterate man for political expediency—"the radiant young princess of the violet-blue eyes She had been bartered to save the royal pride of Louis, by keeping the County of Armagnac in the family.

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A devout Christian , the lady suggests that they read the Bible. However, Hircan says that they are young enough to need other diversions as well. Parlamente suggests that those who want to write stories after the manner of Boccaccio , do so, sharing them with the others in the afternoon, after Scriptures are read in the morning. It will take 10 days to complete the bridge, and, each day, in a shady grove in a meadow, the writers will share 10 tales, telling a total of stories.

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