By Logan E. Whalen
After approximately 8 centuries and masses learn and writing on Marie de France, the one biographical info 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 courtroom of Henry II. but Marie de France continues to be at the present time essentially the most renowned literary voices of the top of the twelfth century and used to be the 1st lady of letters to jot down in French. The chapters during this ebook are composed via students who've really good in Marie de France experiences, quite often for a few years. supplying conventional perspectives along new severe views, the authors speak about many alternative points of her poetics.
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37 These stories are almost always set in the Celtic world, more precisely within the geography of England (Bretagne majeur) and Brittany (Bretagne mineur); the action of Les Deus Amanz takes place in Normandy. Glyn S. Burgess notes that Marie’s prologues to the lais constitute a total of 110 lines of text, ranging from two lines in Le Fresne to 26 lines in Guigemar. 35 For a full discussion on the definition of the lai as a genre, see the part of Jean Frappier’s study titled “Remarques sur la structure du lai, essai de définition et de classement,” in his edited collection La littérature narrative de l’imagination, des genres littéraires aux techniques de l’expression, Colloque de Strasbourg, 23–25 avril 1959 (Paris, 1961), pp.
36, vileine) just as she did in the prologue to Guigemar with the expressions en bien parler and mesparler. Furthermore, the floral image ( flurs) here recalls the one associated with Henry II in the opening to the Lais (racine). We learn in the epilogue that the “flower of chivalry” is a certain Count William: Pur amur le cunte Willame, le plus vaillant de nul realme, m’entremis de cest livre feire e de l’engleis en romanz treire. Esopë apel’um cest livre, qu’il translata e fist escrire, del griu en latin le turna.
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. 47 Like her Lais, Marie’s Fables open with a prologue, but whereas the Lais lack a formal epilogue for the whole work, the Fables end with closing remarks that summarize the author’s reason for assembling the brief narrative tales that precede it.