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Lays of Marie de France and Other French Legends
Lays of Marie de France and Other French Legends Author:Eugene Mason (Translator) Marie de France wrote in the last quarter of the twelfth century in a dialect known as the Langue d'oil, but her identity remains very misty. She may have come from any part of Northern France between Lorraine and Anjou, or she may have been a Norman or a Channel Islander, an Anglo-Norman, or Norman-Welsh. — Of the fourteen stories in this collec... more »tion, twelve are translated from the Lays attributed to Marie de France, while the last two are by unknown authors. These are tales of chivalry and courtly love.
Marie de France, who seems to have composed her tales for the very sophisticated court of King Henry II, was an admirable narrator and the justness and fitness of her sentiment in all that concerns the delicacies of the human heart are also remarkable.« less