A Companion to Marie de France (Brill's Companions to the by Logan E. Whalen

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 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 at the present time the most in demand literary voices of the top of the twelfth century and used to be the 1st girl of letters to write 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. supplying conventional perspectives along new severe views, the authors speak about many alternative features of her poetics.

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1), and in the epilogues to Equitan (v. 312), Lanval (v. 642), Les Deus Amanz (v. 244), Laüstic (v. 159), and Eliduc (v. 1182). the prologues and the epilogues of marie de france 17 He further observes that Marie uses the term lai or lais in each of the 12 prologues,38 demonstrating that the oral version of the genre existed before her time and that she understood what it represented. Guigemar, the first lai after the General Prologue in Harley 978, opens with a prologue constructed according to the same rhetorical plan as the larger prologue that precedes it.

5 and 19) is a word that belongs to the process of medieval inventio and, in the context of literary composition, means “to find” a work (“unes fables ke ot trovees”), in other words, “to invent” or “to compose” it. The final verses of the prologue to the Fables express Marie’s dedication of her collection and reflect her encomium of Henry II in the General Prologue to the Lais: A mei, ki dei la rime faire, n’avenist nïent a retraire plusurs paroles que i sunt; mes nepuruc cil me sumunt ki flurs est de chevalerie, d’enseignement, de curteisie; e quant tel hume me ad requise, ne voil lesser en nule guise que n’i mette travail e peine, ki que m’en tienge pur vileine, de fere mut pur sa preere.

1), and Chaitivel (v. 3); and in the epilogues to Fresne (v. 1), Bisclavret (v. 315), Les Deus Amanz (v. 1), Yonec (v. 551), Laüstic (v. 157), and Eliduc (v. 45 The prologues and epilogues to the stories in the collection are replete with terms that evoke memory, a central concern of Marie de France not only in the Lais but in her other works as well. As we have seen in the prologue to Guigemar, the first lai, Marie is not forgotten in her time (“en sun temps pas ne s’oblie”). The prologue to Equitan, the next lai after Guigemar, is even more direct in its evocation of memory: Mut unt esté noble barun Cil de Bretaine, li Bretun.

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