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The Prologues And The Epilogues Of Marie De France

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This chapter examines the prologue and epilogue of the Audree alongside those of the Lais, Fables, and Espurgatoire. The Lais are a collection of 12 short narrative tales in a courtly setting that sometimes involves the merveilleux. Isopets are collections of Aesopic fables from the Greek Phaedrean tradition that were accessible to medieval French authors through Latin adaptations, like those of Romulus. In the Espurgatoire seint Patriz and the Vie seinte Audree, Marie de France's focus as author shifts to hagiographic texts, but a close reading shows that her vernacular training in the arts of poetry and prose still informs the narratives, and even clearly manifests its presence at times as she brings these two stories to a lay audience.

Keywords: Espurgatoire; Fables; Lais; Marie De France

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