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Marie de France Research Starter
The earliest known French woman poet, Marie de France is still admired for her narrative and poetic skill and for her psychological insight.
Marie de France in Reference Guide to World Literature
Born: in France but lived in England. Career: Literary activity thought to date from c. 1160 to c. 1215. Fl. late 12th century. Little is known of her life; possibly was the abbess of Shaftesbury from 1181 to 1216, illegitimate daughter of Geoffrey Plantagenet.
Marie de France in European Poets
Marie de France was probably not the first woman to write poetry in the French vernacular. She is, however, the earliest whose name has been recorded. In fact, she is one of the few twelfth century poets, male or female, whose names are known.
The Lais of Marie de France
Lais of Marie de France, The Lay of Guigemar. In the days of King Arthur, Guigemar, a knight who loves no lady, is injured by an arrow with which he has shot a white doe.