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The Lais of Marie de France

by Marie de France

Other authors: Robert Hanning (Illustrator)

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A prose retelling of the narrative poems, composed in the twelth century by Marie of France, dealing with courtly love, chivalric adventure, and the struggle between good and evil.
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    The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun together with The Corrigan Poems by J. R. R. Tolkien (amanda4242)
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    Medieval romance: themes and approaches (English literature) by John E. Stevens (waltzmn)
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    The Origins of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi by Andrew Breeze (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: The Lais are known to be by a French woman writing in England in the 12th century, while The Four Branches of the Mabinogi, written in Welsh, were probably by a 12th-century woman (as the study argues); both are narratives of great beauty and power.

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Marie de France's lais, told in octosyllables or eight-syllable verse, are notable for their celebration of love, individuality of character, and vividness of description, hallmarks of the emerging literature of the times.

Composed between 1160 and 1180, they lie at the confluence of the two great literary currents of the time. The lyrical poetry of troubadours and old Celtic tales unite in her to embody the sometimes unreasonable dreams of courtly utopia.

In a universe where the seduction of the adventure story never erases the lyrical accent. They tell stories of love and sometimes death, often wonderful. A werewolf, a white doe, a knight-bird, a hawk fairy: adventure always takes on the face of love and love is above all an initiation into life. ( )
  Marcos_Augusto | Sep 12, 2021 |
  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
These charming stories (and their author, whose dry amusement carries clearly across time and languages) should be better known than they are these days. ( )
  RJ_Stevenson | Aug 19, 2020 |
Originally published (without Burgess's updated introduction and bibliography) Oxford : Basil Blackwell, 1944. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
1966 reprint with title Lays ... ; Tom Stillinger's copy. Bears original title French mediaeval romances ... ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Marie de FranceAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Hanning, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Angeli, GiovannaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barett, AngelaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Barrett, AngelaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burgess, Glyn S.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Burgess, Glyn S.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Busby, KeithTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Busby, KeithIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ferrante, JoanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harf-Lancner, LaurenceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lewis, NaomiTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Neri, FerdinandoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Slavitt, David R.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Walter, PhilippeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Warnke, KarlEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ki Deus ad duné escïence /
E de parler bon eloquence /
Ne s'en deit taisir ne celer, /
Ainz se deit volunters mustrer.
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