By Logan E. Whalen
After approximately 8 centuries and lots more and plenty study and writing on Marie de France, the one biographical details we all know approximately her, with any measure of walk in the park, is that she used to be from France and wrote for the Anglo-Angevin court docket of Henry II. but Marie de France continues to be at the present time the most well-liked literary voices of the top of the twelfth century and was once the 1st girl of letters to write down in French. The chapters during this ebook are composed by means of students who've really expert in Marie de France experiences, as a rule for a few years. supplying conventional perspectives along new severe views, the authors speak about many various features of her poetics.
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See notes 9 and 10. 40 Rupert T. s. 3 (2005), 7–22, here 7. 39 18 logan e. whalen Ki mort la gent par traïsun. Nel voil mie pur ceo leissier, Si gangleür u losengier Le me volent a mal turner; Ceo est lur dreit de mesparler. (vv. 5–18, my emphasis) [Those who gain a good reputation should be commended, but when there exists in a country a man or woman of great renown, people who are envious of their abilities frequently speak insultingly of them in order to damage this reputation. Thus they start acting like a vicious, cowardly, treacherous dog which will bite others out of malice.
Her reference to Priscian, the 6th-century grammarian, is not correct within the context in which he was writing, yet her citation is specific enough to indicate that she may have had close knowledge of the text. She seems to have known Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia regum Britanniae and the Roman d’Eneas. Of the classical authors, there is ample evidence that she was well acquainted with the works of Ovid. In Guigemar she describes at length a mural painting depicting Venus, the goddess of love, condemning 31 See Constance Bullock-Davies, “The Love-Messenger in ‘Milun,’ ” Nottingham Medieval Studies 16 (1972), 20–27.
35), so too does the collection end with a similar reminder in the final verses of Eliduc: De l’aventure de ces treis Li auntïen Bretun curteis Firent le lai pur remembrer, Que hum nel deüst pas oblïer. (vv. ] In this way, memory has the first and last words in the Lais. the prologues and the epilogues of marie de france 21 III. The Fables (Isopet) Isopets are collections of Aesopic fables from the Greek Phaedrean tradition that were accessible to medieval French authors through Latin adaptations, like those of Romulus.