The Lais of Marie de France

The Lais of Marie de France

ISBN: 0140447598

ISBN 13: 9780140447590

Publication Date: March 25, 1999

Publisher: Penguin Classics

Pages: 176

Format: Paperback

Authors: Marie de France, Keith Busby, Glyn S. Burgess

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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.

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