Lais of Marie de France by Marie
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Lais of Marie de France
By Marie

The Lais of Marie de France

With Two Further Lais in the Original Old French

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Introduction by Keith Busby See other recent books by Keith Busby
Translated by Glyn S. Burgess See other recent books by Glyn S. Burgess
Format: Paperback

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Lais of Marie de France by Marie

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Marie de France (fl. late twelfth century) is the earliest known French woman poet and her lais - stories in verse based on Breton tales of chivalry and romance - are among the finest of the genre. Recounting the trials and tribulations of lovers, the lais inhabit a powerfully realized world where very real human protagonists act out their lives against fairy-tale elements of magical beings, potions and beasts. "De France" takes a subtle and complex view of courtly love, whether telling the story of the knight who betrays his fairy mistress or describing the noblewoman who embroiders her sad tale on the shroud for a nightingale killed by a jealous and suspicious husband.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140447590
ISBN-10: 0140447598
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x 10mm)
Pages: 176
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 25-Mar-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Glyn S. Burgess is currently Professor of French and Head of Department at the University of Liverpool. He has translated 'The Song of Roland' for Penguin Classics and he has published widely on 12th-century courtly literature. Keith Busby is George Lynn Cross Research Professor of French and Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

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