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The Lais of Marie de France (Paperback)

The Lais of Marie de France By Marie de France, Glyn S. Burgess (Translated by), Glyn S. Burgess (Introduction by), Keith Busby (Translated by), Keith Busby (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Marie de France, Glyn S. Burgess (Translated by), Glyn S. Burgess (Introduction by), Keith Busby (Translated by), Keith Busby (Introduction by)
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The leading edition of the work of the earliest known French woman poet—the subject of Lauren Groff’s bestselling novel Matrix

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 romanceare 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.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

Glyn S. Burgess is currently Professor of French and Head of Department at the University of Liverpool. He has translated 'The Song of Roland' for Penguin Classics and he has published widely on 12th-century courtly literature. Keith Busby is George Lynn Cross Research Professor of French and Director of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Oklahoma.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140447590
ISBN-10: 0140447598
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: June 1st, 1999
Pages: 176
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics