The Lays Of Marie De France by Slavitt David
DOCTYPE html PUBLIC '-//IETF//DTD HTML 2.0//EN' The twelve 'lays' of the mysterious medieval poet Marie de France are here presented in sprightly English verse by poet and translator David R. Slavitt. Traditional Breton folktales were the raw material for Marie de France's series of lively but profound considerations of love life death fidelity and betrayal and luck and fate. They offer acute observations about the choices that women make startling in the late twelfth century and challenging even today. Combining a keen wit with an impressive technical bravura the lays are a minor treasure of European culture...It was with some shame that he explained how in the wood he lived on whatever prey he could capture and kill. She digested this and then inquired of him what his costume was in these bizarre forays. 'Lady werewolves are completely naked' was his reply. She laughed at this (I can't guess why) and asked him where he hid his clothes- to make conversation I suppose.