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Lays of Courtly Love in Verse Translation
Lays of Courtly Love in Verse Translation Author:Patricia Terry The medieval verse romance, or lay, was a popular form of narrative, composed for an elite of "ceux qui," in Joseph Bédier's words, "chantent et lisent d'amors," invariably dealt with the theme of ideal -- if occasionally illicit -- love. The "Breton lays" of Marie de France (fl. c. 1175-1190) are the... more » most familiar examples. And recent scholarship has identified Jean Renart as another poet of significance.
In delightful, readable modern verse translations, Patricia Terry presents here six of these "lays of courtly love": Jean Renart's The Reflection (Le Lai de l'Ombre); four by Marie de France -- The Two Lovers (Les Deus Amanz), The Nightingale (Laüstic), Honeysuckle (Chevrefoil), and Eliduc; and one by an anonymous author: The Chatelaine of Vergi (La Chastelaine de Vergi). Together, they comprise a superb introduction to an important genre of medieval French poetry.« less