Texts

Lais

Marie de France
  • Old French
  • verse
  • French texts, Breton lays
Author
Marie de FranceMarie de France (fl. late 12th century) – Medieval poet from France, who was active at the court of King Henry II; author of twelve Lais, an Isopet (collection of fables), and the Espurgatoire seint Partiz
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Manuscripts

include:

  • London, British Library, MS Harleian 978
    ff. 118r–160r
  • Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, MS fr. 24432
Language
  • Old French
  • Anglo-Norman French
Form
verse (primary)

Classification

French texts

Sources

Primary sources Text editions and/or modern translations – in whole or in part – along with publications containing additions and corrections, if known. Diplomatic editions, facsimiles and digital image reproductions of the manuscripts are not always listed here but may be found in entries for the relevant manuscripts. For historical purposes, early editions, transcriptions and translations are not excluded, even if their reliability does not meet modern standards.

[ed.] Rychner, Jean, Les Lais de Marie de France, Paris: Champion, 1969.
[ed.] Ewert, Alfred, Marie de France: Lais, Oxford: Blackwell, 1944.
[tr.] Gallagher, Edward J., The Lays of Marie de France, Indianapolis, IN, Cambridge, MA: Hackett Publishing Company, 2010.
Translation into English prose, with commentary, etc.
[tr.] Burgess, Glyn S., and Keith Busby (trs), The Lais of Marie de France, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1986.
Translation into English prose, with introduction and indexes

Secondary sources (select)

Whalen, Logan E. [ed.], A companion to Marie de France, Brill's Companions to the Christian Tradition 27, Leiden: Brill, 2011.
Burgess, Glyn S., The Lais of Marie de France: text and context, Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1987. xiii + 245 pp.
Contributors
Dennis Groenewegen
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