hist homework - marie de france

hist homework - marie de france - 1 “Equitan enjoyed a...

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Keya Agarwal 26/10/11 Hist – 102gm Prof. Glenn and Mr. Justin Haar Prompts: 1. How and in what ways did the author present the empowerment of women in “The Lais of Marie de France”? 2. What can be derived about the morals in twelfth-century France from “The Lais of Marie de France”? 3. How and in what ways do the similarities and differences between the female and male protagonists in “The Lais of Marie de France” give us a glimpse into the world of French aristocracy in twelfth century France? Thesis statement developed around the third question: In “The Lais of Marie de France”, the author used male and female protagonists who have similarities and differences in their described traits, personalities and even morals or values that can collectively reveal glimpses of what characterized the world of the twelfth century French aristocrats from the author’s perspective. Three quotations to support the thesis statement:
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Unformatted text preview: 1. “Equitan enjoyed a fine reputation and was greatly loved in his land. He adored pleasure and amorous dalliance: for this reason he upheld the principles of chivalry”. 1 2. “In Brittany there lived a baron whom I have heard greatly praised. He was a good and handsome knight who conducted himself nobly. He was one of his lord’s closest advisers and was well loved by all the neighbours. As his wedded wife he had a woman who was worthy and attractive in appearance.” 2 3. “When she reached the age when Nature forms beauty, there was no fairer, no more curtly girl in Brittany, for she was noble and cultivate, both in appearance and in speech. No one who had seen her would have failed to love and admire her greatly.” 3 1 The Lais of Marie de France , ch. 2, p56 2 The Lais of Marie de France , ch. 4, p68 3 The Lais of Marie de France , ch. 3, p64...
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