November 24, 2020
In today’s story, the Queen of Castile tests the love of a man, Elisor, who is devoted to her by sending him away for seven years—a plan which backfires as, during this time, he becomes a hermit, comes to despise human love, and turns his heart, instead, to the love of God, the “One True Love,” that “perfect love [. . .] which shall never die.”
This story features several elements present in multiple tales of the Heptameron—a mirror, claims of lovesickness, and, like story 13, the gift of a ring and a poem. The mirror here is a reflective “cuirass,” a piece of armor consisting of a breastplate and backplate.
Here’s the front part of a cuirass at the Musée national de la Renaissance in Écouen. Shined up a bit, it could be a pretty good mirror!