The Lays of Marie de France by David R. SlavittThe Lays of Marie de France by David R. Slavitt

The Lays of Marie de France

Translated byDavid R. Slavitt

Paperback | April 1, 2013

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The twelve “lays” of Marie de France, the earliest knownFrench woman poet, are here presented in sprightly English verse bypoet/translator David R. Slavitt. These old Breton folk tales were theraw material for Marie de France’s series of lively but profoundconsiderations of love, life, death, fidelity and betrayal, and luckand fate. They are acute observations about the different kinds ofchoices women make, startling in the late twelfth century andchallenging even today. The lays, which combine a woman’s wisdomwith an impressive technical bravura, are a minor treasure of Europeanculture.
David R. Slavitt is a widely known poet, novelist, critic, and translator. He prepared these English versions of the lays of Marie de France because he loved them.
Title:The Lays of Marie de FranceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:122 pages, 8.5 × 5.55 × 0.42 inPublished:April 1, 2013Publisher:Athabasca University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927356350

ISBN - 13:9781927356357


Table of Contents

Foreword- vii


Prologue- 3

I. Guigemar

I. Guigemar- 5

II. Equitan- 27

III. Le Fresne- 35

IV. Bisclavret- 47

V. Lanval- 55

VI. The Two Lovers- 71

VII. Yonec- 77

VIII. Laüstic- 89

IX. Milun- 93

X. Chaitivel- 105

XI. Chevrefoil- 111

XII. Eliduc- 115

For Further Reading- 147