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The twelve "lays" of Marie de France, the earliest known French woman poet, are here presented in sprightly English verse by poet/translator David R. Slavitt. These old Breton folk tales were the raw material for Marie de France's series of lively but profound considerations of love, life, death, fidelity and betrayal, and luck and fate. They are acute observations about the different kinds of choices women make, startling in the late twelfth century and challenging even today. The lays, which combine a woman's wisdom with an impressive technical bravura, are a minor treasure of European culture.

Table of Contents

Prologue

I Guigemar

II Equitan

III Le Fresne (The Ash Tree)

IV Bisclavret (The Werewolf)

V Lanval

VI Les Deux Amants (The Two Lovers)

VII Yonec

VIII Laüstic (The Nightingale)

IX Milun

X Chaitivel (The Unhappy One)

XI Chevrefoil (The Honeysuckle)

XII Eliduc

Product Details

ISBN:
9781927356357
Author:
Slavitt, David R.
Publisher:
AU Press
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20131115
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
122
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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