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By Logan E. Whalen

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 sure bet, is that she used to be from France and wrote for the Anglo-Angevin courtroom of Henry II. but Marie de France continues to be this present day probably the most fashionable literary voices of the tip of the twelfth century and used to be the 1st girl of letters to jot down in French. The chapters during this ebook are composed via students who've really good in Marie de France reports, usually for a few years. delivering conventional perspectives along new serious views, the authors speak about many alternative elements of her poetics.

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27 40 emanuel j. mickel, jr. contemporary reality31 or the exactitude of trial procedure in Lanval,32 Marie has the young woman in Milun express fear of her harsh familial treatment beyond anything found in the law codes and can only reflect an imagined punishment in a harsher time past. 34 Thus the Lais reflect a small particular element of Celtic origin in folklore, much use of European folk material generally, names and places that reflect Great Britain and Bretagne la Menor, even when the matière is not particularly Celtic, much contemporary social practice and law, and some reflection of older practices that were part of the original tale or added to give the appearance of a remote time and place.

Illingworth, “La Chronologie des Lais de Marie de France,” Romania 87 (1966), 433–75. Illingworth argued that the trial scene is heavily indebted to the trial of Godwine le Danois, who was accused of a murder he did not commit in Gaimar’s Estoire des Engleis. More recently, Philip Bennett has reaffirmed that Lanval has textual borrowings from Gaimar’s Estoire and that Marie used thematic and structural elements as well. Her knowledge of the trial of Godwin, Count of Essex, figured in her resolution of Lanval’s judgment.

Holmes’ suggestion is motivated by the textual statement that the future son will comfort his mother. T. Holmes, “Old French ‘Yonec,’ ” Modern Philology 29 (1931–32), 225–29. W. Bailey, “Bisclavret in Marie de France,” Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 1 (1981), 95–97. 11 William Sayers, “Bisclavret in Marie de France: a Reply,” Cambridge Medieval Celtic Studies 4 (1982), 77–82. 12 Hans Schwerteck, “Eine neue Etymologie von Bisclavret,” Romanische Forschungen 104 (1992), 160–63. 15 In Tyolet and the so-called Wauchier continuation of the Conte del Graal, the hero must catch the stag, cut off its foot (Tyolet) or head (Graal), and present it to the fairy to obtain her favors.

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