The lais of marie de france is a collection of twelve narrative poems in a specific form called a lay that were written at some point in the 12th centurythey are primarily concerned with the theme of love and courtliness and as such the heroes are usually knights or aristocratic ladies. The lais of marie de france are a series of twelve short narrative breton lais by the poet marie de france they are written in the anglo norman and were probably composed in the late 12th century the short narrative poems generally focus on glorifying the concept of courtly love by the adventures of their main characters. This is a prose translation of the lais or poems attributed to marie de france little is known of her but she was probably the abbess of the abbey at shaftesbury in the late 12th century illegitimate daughter of geoffrey plantagenet and hence the half sister of henry ii of england. The lais of marie de france questions and answers the question and answer section for the lais of marie de france is a great resource to ask questions find answers and discuss the novel. The lais of marie de france maries lais were read in her own time her french is easy the two lovers milun guigemar and the magnificent eliduc should use one of these eliduc was also translated in prose by john fowles as part of his novel the ebony tower
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