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The Lais of Marie de France (Penguin Classics) Mass Market Paperback – 29 May 1986


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; Reprint edition (29 May 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140444769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140444766
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,201,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jan Dierckx on 18 May 2006
Format: Paperback
Before the famous Italian Renaissance, you could speak of a French Renaissance in the 12th century as far as literature is concerned.

In Southern France there were the Troubadours, singers and poets, often part of the nobility or their entourage. In the North of France you had Chrétien de Troyes and his Arthurian romances and the Lais of Marie de France, to name only two of the most important.

The 'Roman de la Rose' was written in the 13th cent. but is probably the most important masterwork of the French Renaissance.

About the person of Marie de France almost nothing is known for certain.Her 'Lais' - stories about romance or adventure - are based upon

the popular and folkloristic tales that already existed for centuries in Bretagne - a region close to where the Atlantic meets the North-Sea.

These stories were handed down from generation to generation by story tellers.

The Lais of Marie de France excel by diversity. There are love stories - of course - but also vivid descriptions of

tournaments and even a story about a werewolf.

Marie de France proofs that medieval literature can be entertaining.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amets Sorgin on 27 May 2010
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An excellent Penguin classic complete with notes, a must for lovers of old poetry styles, something to be savoured and re-read many times
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By Isabella on 27 Feb 2013
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I loved this book. I'm taking an English course so this arrived right on time and the stories in here are just awesome!
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By Millie on 17 Feb 2012
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A charming book of short lais written by Marie de France of the 12th Century. The tales differ slightly, but all bear the same themes of chivalry and courtly love. The tales are charming and incredibly easy to follow as the book is written in modern English prose, rather than original Old French tales written in verse.
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