Marie de France
  • Old French
  • verse
  • French texts, Breton lays
Marie de France
Marie 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 Patriz.

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


French textsFrench texts

Breton laysBreton lays


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.
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