The Lais of Marie de France

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Marie de France

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Meriaduc Character Analysis

Meriaduc is the lord of a castle in Brittany. When the young lady appears at his castle, he immediately falls in love with her, but she doesn’t reciprocate. When Meriaduc holds a tournament with his friend Guigemar as his guest, Guigemar and the lady are reunited, and Guigemar challenges Meriaduc for the lady’s hand. In the ensuing combat, Meriaduc is killed.

Meriaduc Quotes in The Lais of Marie de France

The The Lais of Marie de France quotes below are all either spoken by Meriaduc or refer to Meriaduc. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin edition of The Lais of Marie de France published in 1986.
I. Guigemar Quotes

Guigemar besieged the town and would not leave until it was captured. His friends and followers increased in number so much that he starved all those inside. He captured and destroyed the castle and killed the lord within. With great joy he took away his beloved. Now his tribulations were over.

Page Number: 54
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Meriaduc Character Timeline in The Lais of Marie de France

The timeline below shows where the character Meriaduc appears in The Lais of Marie de France. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
I. Guigemar
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The castle’s lord, Meriaduc, is standing at a window when the ship arrives and is delighted to find the... (full context)
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Things go on like this for a long time until, one day, Meriaduc holds a tournament against a neighboring enemy. Meriaduc invites his friend Guigemar to come, and... (full context)
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When Guigemar declares his intention to take the lady away from Meriaduc, Meriaduc refuses to let her go. At once, Guigemar issues Meriaduc a challenge and rides... (full context)