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Marie de France (12th c. – 12th c.)

Nationality: British
Other: French
Periods: British: Pre-1500
French: Pre-1500

Little is known of Marie beyond her three extant works, the Lais, Fables, and Saint Patrick’s Purgatory.

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The Lais of Marie de France

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Marie de France
This site provides links to online texts by the poet.
Contains: Webliography, Works Available
Author: J. Shoaf

Biographical sites about Marie de France

Marie de France
A biographical piece on the poet and her works from the Catholic Encyclopedia.
Contains: Extensive Bio, Works List
Author: P.J. Marique
From: The Catholic Encyclopedia copyright � 1913 by the Encyclopedia Press, Inc. Electronic version copyright � 1997 by New Advent, Inc.

Other sites about Marie de France

Breton Lays
Description and commentary of Marie de France’s genre: �Breton lays are nearer than other romances to the popular beliefs outof which romantic marvels are drawn, and they retain something oftheir freshness�
Contains: Commentary
From: Bartleby.com The Cambridge History of English and American Literature in 18 Volumes (1907�21).Volume I. From the Beginnings to the Cycles of Romance.
Adultery and Kingship in Marie de France’s Equitan
“In medieval French literature, the conventional plot of courtly love focuses on the figure of the queen. As the highest ranking woman in the land, she is the natural feminine object of male heterosexual desire–a desire heightened by the social and symbolic distance that sets her apart as unapproachable and forbidding…”
Author: Sharon Kinoshita
From: Loyola University Chicago Essays in Medieval Studies
Anglo-Norman Influences II: The Lais of Marie de France
General background to the period and the lais; study questions on some of the lais.
Contains: Commentary

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Last Updated Apr 29, 2013