Jacques Yver: Le Printemps d'Yver [Yver's Spring]

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  • Margaret Harp

Jacques Yver’s Printemps is a French Renaissance work evocative of multiple previous authors. The volume consists of stories most immediately reminiscent of Marguerite de Navarre’s collection of seventy-two French stories, the Heptaméron (1559). Yver’s stories and their premise – three gentlemen and three noble women who spin tales in order to distract each other from the horrors of the recent third religious war and to rejoice in the brief 1570 truce of Saint-Germain – provide an intriguing and distinctive continuation of this genre. Uneven in tone and sparse in number, Le Printemps’ five narratives of chivalry, tragedy, farce and fable nonetheless knew immediate success, p…

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Harp, Margaret. "Le Printemps d'Yver". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 February 2013
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