The Lais of Marie de France

The Lais of Marie de France Review

This is a prose translation of the lais or poems attributed to Marie de France. Little is known of her but she was probably the Abbess of the abbey at Shaftesbury in the late 12th century, illegitimate daughter of Geoffrey Plantagenet and hence the half-sister of Henry II of England. It was to a king, and probably Henry II, that she dedicated these poems of adventure and love which were retellings of stories which she had heard from Breton minstrels. She is regarded as the most talented French poet of the medieval period.

Title:The Lais of Marie de France
Edition Language:English

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  • Warwick

    Marie de France was an aristocratic twelfth-century poet, from whose name we conclude that she was apparently living somewhere other than France when she wrote her most famous works. Probably England:...

  • Laura

    This book contains the 12 poems by Marie de France, an introduction by Glyn Burgess, a translator's note from Keith Busby: a bibliography, an Index of Proper Names, and three of Marie's poems in the o...

  • Roshani Chokshi

    Hello senior thesis. ...

  • Tim Poston

    These stories by a 12th Century abbess have everything! Love and treason and a noble betrayed werewolf ... Stephenie Meyer eat your decadent, twinkling little heart out. The English is a little stiff,...

  • Roman Clodia

    There's so much that we don't know about the lais in this volume which we have from the Harley manuscript in the BL: we don't know exactly when they were composed (though sometime in the later 12th ce...

  • Nikki

    I studied Guigemar and Bisclavret, and I ended up wanting to read the rest of Marie de France's lais. Bisclavret is one of my favourites, really, possibly due to reading William Burgwinkle's criticism...

  • Lauren

    Marie de France is my homegirl forever....

  • Denise E.

    I wanna do a translation of Bisclaveret. If anyone wants to help me, here is what I've got so far. While engaged in making lais,I would not want to forget Bisclavret. Bisclavret in Brittany was bornCa...

  • Michael

    I've finished the "Lays" and have the two stories that were not by Marie de France to read, but thought I would get some impressions down before I finish them.The Lays were originally folk-songs which...

  • Judy

    This is fascinating. How did I get through so many years of schooling without hearing about these lais or Marie de France? This was translated from medieval French verse to English prose by Naomi Lewi...