Rethinking Marie

Rethinking Marie

Hazell, Dinah

Medieval ForumI Vol.2 (2003)


Marie de France is traditionally associated with the English court of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine. This essay reexamines that assumption through the consideration of linguistic evidence, geographhical descriptions in Marie’s works, her self-identification as being from France, and her dedication of the Lais and Fables to unnamed courtly figures. This “rethinking” offers alternative perspectives that reposition the political climate in which she wrote, free the dating of her works and assessment of her career, and offer an enriched understanding of Marie’s poems.

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