398. Pearls of Wisdom: Marguerite of Navarre

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Further Reading

• P.A. Chilton, Margaret of Navarre: the Heptameron (Harmondsworth: 1984).

• R.C. Cholakian and M. Skemp (trans.), Marguerite de Navarre: Selected Writings (Chicago: 2008).


• P.F. Cholakian and R.C. Cholakian, Marguerite de Navarre: Mother of the Renaissance (New York: 2006).

• G. Ferguson, Mirroring Belief: Marguerite de Navarre’s Devotional Poetry (Edinburgh: 1992).

• J. Gelernt, World of Many Loves: the Heptameron of Marguerite de Navarre (Chapel Hill: 1966).

• P. Jourda, Marguerite d’Angoulême, duchesse d’Alençon, reine de Navarre (1492–1549): Etude biographique et littéraire, 2 vols (Geneva: 1978, originally published 1930).

• J.D. Lyons and M.B. McKinley (eds), Critical Tales: New Studies of the Heptaméron and Early Modern Culture (Philadelphia: 1993).

• I. Silver, “Marguerite de Navarre and Ronsard,” Bibliothèque d’humanisme et renaissance 55 (1993), 527-46 and 56 (1994), 7-25.

• C. Thysell, The Pleasure of Discernment: Marguerite de Navarre as Theologian (Oxford: 2000).


Michael Tavuzzi on 7 June 2022

Episode number

Shouldn't this be 397 ?

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Peter Adamson on 7 June 2022

Episode number

Oh thanks for catching that! The number was right but I had mistakenly put it under the Central Europe episodes rather than France. Should be fixed now!

Joshua Hillerup on 8 June 2022


I'm confused by this episode. You were talking about evangelical Protestants here? But evangelicals as a thing was centuries later.

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Peter Adamson on 9 June 2022


Sometimes the early Protestants are also called "evangelicals" in secondary literature, and they used this term themselves. I just threw it in there so I didn't have to keep saying "reformers" over and over. But if it is misleading maybe I should take that out for the book version?

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Joshua Hillerup on 9 June 2022


I think you might want to have a brief aside maybe. I'm sure experts in the period would get it, but the general public would probably find it confusing.

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Jes L. Harfeld on 5 October 2022


I think that the term 'evangelicals' has a very specific modern meaning in a North American context. My experience is that it is not similarly so for the rest of the world. I did not find it misleadning at all in the context of the podcast.

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