New PDF release: A Companion to Marie de France

By Logan E. Whalen

ISBN-10: 900420217X

ISBN-13: 9789004202177

After approximately 8 centuries and masses study and writing on Marie de France, the single 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 court docket of Henry II. but Marie de France is still this present day some of the most well-known literary voices of the top of the twelfth century and was once the 1st lady of letters to write down in French. The chapters during this e-book are composed via students who've really expert in Marie de France reviews, typically for a few years. supplying conventional perspectives along new serious views, the authors speak about many various features of her poetics

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Kibler and Zinn; Mickel, Marie de France, p. 41; and Pontfarcy, Espurgatoire, pp. 4–10. 58 By citing her source here (li livres = the Purgatorio), she gives credibility to her own endeavor, as she did in the prologue and epilogue of the Fables (Aesop) and in the prologue to Guigemar (the Bretons), as well as in many of the prologues and epilogues of the individual lais (the Bretons). Moreover, H. of Saltrey mentions memory in prefatory comments to his Purgatorio, but his actual prologue is silent on the subject.

Marie presents Henry II as an honorable and courtly king in whose heart all virtue is born, or literally “has taken root” (“en ki quoer tuz biens racine”). The botanical 16 logan e. whalen metaphor here recalls the flower metaphor from verses 6–8 and reinforces the theme of fecundity present throughout the lais. But Henry will later learn from her tales that curteisie is a virtue that must be maintained if one wishes to remain a prosperous king. She uses the same adjective, curteis, to describe King Equitan and King Arthur at the beginning of Equitan (v.

She has noticed that vérité also makes a fairly frequent appearance in the opening and closing commentaries to the lais. Marie uses terms that express “truth” in the prologues to Guigemar (verrais, v. 19) and Eliduc (verité, v. 4), in the epilogue to Bisclavret (veraie, v. 317), and in the prologue and epilogue to Chevrefoil (verité, vv. 3 and 117). She also expresses the sentiment through constructions such as cum dit vus ai (Equitan, v. 311 and Les Deus Amanz, v. 243), n’en dutez mie (Bisclavret, v.

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