Passage of the Day: Marguerite de Navarre (1492-1549) “The Heptameron”: Love and the monarchy

“ ‘The reason is” said Dagoucin, ‘that in order to maintain peace in the state, consideration is given to the rank of families, the seniority of individuals and the provisions of the law, and not to man’s love and virtue, in order that the monarchy should not be undermined. Consequently, in marriages between social equals which are contracted according to the judgement of the family concerned, the partners are often so different in the feelings of the heart and in temperament that far from entering into a state leading to salvation, the frequently find themselves on the outskirts of Hell’ “

Published by Robert K Sephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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