The Heptameron Themes

Margaret of Navarre (Sicilian queen)
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Hypocrisy of Clergy

Although some of the stories in this section present the members of the clergy in a positive light, there are several stories that indicate that not all members of the clergy take their vows seriously. Generally vows taken by men entering the clergy include the vow that one will remain chaste. Since many of these stories deal with men or women having affairs, it follows that these "holy" men are included in those who are attempting to enjoy the company of women. To be specific, it is not only the clergy in the stories told by the group of refugees who are trying to have their way with women, but apparently also the abbot of the abbey at which they are staying enjoys entertaining the women. It is indicated that this abbot orders the building of the bridge to be hurried along so that the group...

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