By Logan E. Whalen
After approximately 8 centuries and lots more and plenty 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 court docket of Henry II. but Marie de France is still this present day the most popular literary voices of the tip of the twelfth century and was once the 1st girl of letters to put in writing in French. The chapters during this ebook are composed through students who've really expert in Marie de France reports, mostly for a few years. supplying conventional perspectives along new severe views, the authors talk about many alternative features of her poetics.
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Further Ovidian influence from the Metamorphoses has been noted in Les Deus Amanz and Laüstic. Segre demonstrated more than 40 years ago that both texts reveal direct knowledge of Ovid’s Piramus and Tisbe.
De Bisclavret fu fet li lais Pur remembrance a tutdis mais. (vv. 315–18) [The adventure you have heard actually took place, do not doubt it. ] Thus Bisclavret begins and ends by invoking the act of memory. That Marie desires to remember her sources and the story she creates from them is also attested by her opening couplet to Chaitivel: “Talent me prist de remembrer / Un lai dunt jo oï parler” [I am minded to recall a lay of which I have heard] (vv. 1–2). This desire to remember is also shared by Tristan, who, as we are told in the epilogue to Chevrefoil, composes a lai so that his adventures with his lover Iseut are not forgotten: “Pur les paroles remembrer, / Tristram, ki bien saveit harper, / En aveit fet un nuvel lai” [Tristram, a skilful harpist, in order to record his words (as the queen had said he should), used them to create a new lay] (vv.
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. 11) and Lanval (v. 6), respectively. However, both kings eventually fall from narrative grace as a result of their less than courtly actions: the former loses his life because he sleeps with the wife of his faithful seneschal, while the latter loses a noble knight (Lanval) by forgetting to reward him for his loyal service and by believing the false accusations of his queen.
A Companion to Marie de France (Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition) by Logan E. Whalen