The Heptameron of the Tales of Margaret, Queen of Navarre Volume 5


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ... TALE LXX. The Duchess of Burgundy, not content tot (A the love that her husband bore her, conceived so great an affection for a young gentleman thai, when looks and glances -were not sufficient to inform him of her passion, she declared it to him in words which led to an evil ending. DEGREES In the Duchy of Burgundy there was a Duke who was a very honourable and handsome Prince. He had married a wife whose beauty pleased him so greatly that it kept him from knowledge of her character, and he took thought only how he might please her, whilst she made excellent show of returning his affection. Now the Duke had in his household a gentleman filled with all the perfection that could be sought for in a man. He was loved by all, more especially by the Duke, who had reared him from childhood near his own person; and, finding him possessed of such excellent qualities, the Duke loved him exceedingly and trusted him with all such matters as one of his years could understand 1 This story is borrowed from an o& fabliau, known under the title of the Ch&telaine de Vcrgy, which will be found in the Recueil de Barbatan (vol iv.) and in Legrand d'Aussy's Fabliaux (vol iii.). Margaret calls the lady Madame du Vergier (literally the lady of the orchard) in her talc. Bandello imitated the same/abliauin his Novell* (1554; part iv. nov. v.), but gave it a different ending. Belleforest subsequently adapted it for his Histoires Tragiques. Margaret's tale may also be compared with No. Ixii. of the Cento Novell* antiche, p. 84 of the edition of Florence, 1825.—L. and M. The Duchess, who had not the heart of a virtuous woman and Princess, and was not content with the love that her husband bore her and the good treatment that she had at his hands, often observed

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