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People/Characters: Marie de France

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The Anonymous Marie de France by R. Howard Bloch
La dame d'Aquitaine by Jacques Chaban-Delmasnot in English Common Knowledge1145-1198
English Medieval Romance by W. R. J. Barron
Forest of dreams: The Laylines trilogy by Sophie Masson
French Women Poets of Nine Centuries: The Distaff and the Pen by Norman R. Shapiro
Knights of Love: After the Lais of Marie de France: After the "Lais of Marie De France" by Jane Tozernot in English Common Knowledge
Les Lais de Marie de France by Harry F. Williamsnot in English Common Knowledge
Les lais de marie de France by Tuffrau Paulnot in English Common Knowledge
Les lais de Marie de France : du conte merveilleux à la nouvelle psychologique by E. R. Sienaertnot in English Common Knowledge
Les lais de Marie de France: Contes d'amour et d'aventure du Moyen Âge (Littératures modernes) by Philippe Ménardnot in English Common Knowledge
The Lais of Marie de France by Marie de France
The Literature of Medieval England by Durant Waite Robertson
Marie De France & The Poetics of Memory by Logan E. Whalen
Marie de France: "Lais" (Critical Guides to French Texts) by Paula Cliffordnot in English Common Knowledge
Marie de France: an analytical bibliography (Research Bibliographies and Checklists) by Glyn S. Burgess
Marie de France: The Lays Gugemar, Lanval and a fragment of Yonec With a study of the life and work of the author by Julian Harris
Medieval Folklore: A Guide to Myths, Legends, Tales, Beliefs, and Customs by Carl Lindahl
A Medieval Miscellany by Judith Herrin
Medieval romance: themes and approaches (English literature) by John E. Stevens
Oyez ke dit Marie: Etude sur les Lais de Marie de France (XIIe siecle) by Claude-Henry Joubertnot in English Common Knowledge
Uppity Women of Medieval Times by Vicki Leon

Character description

Marie de France (actual name unknown) is the name given to a poet believed to have been born in France and living in England in the late 12th century. Her writings, often based on folktales, were in the form of "Breton Lais," or songs of Brittany, a genre which she is almost synonymous -- though other famous tales, including the Middle English "King Orfeo" and even Chaucer's "Franklin's Tale" are regarded as examples of the genre. She was one of the most creative and effective storytellers of the middle ages. Although born in France (some historians believe she was a daughter of King Louis VII), she spent much of her life in the Angevin domains, including England. Her most active period seems to have been around 1165-1175.

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