Marguerite de Navarre, sexual assault, human passion, courtly love
The crisis of sexual assault, with its many psychological implications, occupies a significant place in the narrative of Marguerite de Navarre's Heptaméron, composed in the first half of the sixteenth century at the height of the "Querelle des Femmes." If the storytellers conclude that parfaite amitié is with few exceptions inaccessible, it is in the scenes of sexual aggression that one witnesses the ascendancy of human passion over the formalized code of courtly love.
Losse, Deborah N.
"Distortion as a Means of Reassessment: Marguerite De Navarre's Heptameron and the "Querelle Des Femmes","
Quidditas: Vol. 3
, Article 7.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/rmmra/vol3/iss1/7