The Lais of Marie de France

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Marie de France

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Bisclavret’s Wife’s Lover Character Analysis

Bisclavret’s wife’s lover is a knight who unsuccessfully woos Bisclavret’s wife for a long time. But once she rejects her werewolf husband, she responds to the lover’s advances, hoping to gain his help. Accordingly, he steals Bisclavret’s clothing for her, ensuring Bisclavret can’t become human again and thus allowing the two of them to marry. A year later, the knight attends a festival at the castle where Bisclavret the werewolf lives, and Bisclavret bites him. Later, the king banishes him and Bisclavret’s ex-wife from the kingdom, and the couple has many children—some of them born with disfigured faces like their mother’s.
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Bisclavret’s Wife’s Lover Character Timeline in The Lais of Marie de France

The timeline below shows where the character Bisclavret’s Wife’s Lover appears in The Lais of Marie de France. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...they’re together, she tells him everything about her husband the werewolf. Then she sends her lover in search of Bisclavret’s clothes, and after the knight finds and takes them, Bisclavret seems... (full context)
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...festival, people come from all the surrounding fiefs to celebrate. Among them is Bisclavret’s wife’s lover (now her second husband). As soon as this knight arrives, Bisclavret sinks his teeth into... (full context)
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...tortured. The lady quickly reveals everything she knows about Bisclavret and everything she and her lover did to him. The king makes her bring Bisclavret’s clothes. At first, the wolf ignores... (full context)
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...restores his lands to him, and banishes Bisclavret’s ex-wife from the region, along with her lover. Together, Bisclavret’s ex-wife and her lover have many children, who are always recognizable by their... (full context)