The Lais of Marie De France : With Two Further Lais in the Original Old French

Description

Marie de France (fl. late twelfth century) is the earliest known French woman poet and her lais - stories in verse based on Breton tales of chivalry and romance - are among the finest of the genre. Recounting the trials and tribulations of lovers, the lais inhabit a powerfully realized world where very real human protagonists act out their lives against fairy-tale elements of magical beings, potions and beasts. De France takes a subtle and complex view of courtly love, whether telling the story of the knight who betrays his fairy mistress or describing the noblewoman who embroiders her sad tale on the shroud for a nightingale killed by a jealous and suspicious husband.

Details

Author(s)
Marie, Glyn S. Burgess, Keith Busby
Format
Paperback | 176 pages
Dimensions
129 x 198 x 10mm | 134g
Publication date
01 Jun 1999
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint
PENGUIN CLASSICS
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
0140447598
ISBN13
9780140447590
Bestsellers rank
99,045