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.
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