The Lais of Marie de France

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Marie de France

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Milun’s Son Character Analysis

Milun’s son is born in secret after Milun and the damsel have an affair. As an infant, he’s taken to Northumbria to be raised by his aunt, the damsel’s rich sister. When he grows up, he becomes a skilled knight himself and decides to go abroad to gain fame—after all, he’s told that his father Milun was a great knight, too. After competing in some tournaments in Brittany, he soon gains a reputation as “The Peerless One.” At a tournament at Mont St. Michel, he knocks an older knight off his horse, then learns that the old man is his father. Overjoyed at their reunion, the pair travels to Wales, where Milun’s son plans to kill the damsel’s husband so that she and Milun can marry at last. They quickly learn that the husband’s recent death makes this unnecessary, and soon Milun, the damsel, and their son are reunited.

Milun’s Son Quotes in The Lais of Marie de France

The The Lais of Marie de France quotes below are all either spoken by Milun’s Son or refer to Milun’s Son . 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.
IX. Milun Quotes

When Milun heard the news, it seemed quite wonderful to him. He explained this to his son. There was nothing to hinder or delay them. They travelled until they reached the castle where the lady was. She was delighted by her son who was so valiant and noble. They summoned no kinsmen and without the advice of anyone else their son united them and gave his mother to his father. Thereafter they lived night and day in happiness and tenderness.

Page Number: 104
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Milun’s Son Character Timeline in The Lais of Marie de France

The timeline below shows where the character Milun’s Son appears in The Lais of Marie de France. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
IX. Milun
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...The couple is able to meet in secret a few times. By this time, their son has grown up into a fine young man and become a knight. When he learns... (full context)
...this upstart and humiliate him. Once that’s done, he will go in search of his son, whom he hasn’t seen in all these years. The damsel agrees to her beloved’s plan. (full context)
Virtue, Vice, and Justice Theme Icon
Magic and Storytelling Theme Icon
...eagerly seizes the young knight, proclaiming that his life is whole again: this is his son. As the men embrace, onlookers weep for joy. That night, Milun tells his son about... (full context)
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Virtue, Vice, and Justice Theme Icon
The next day, Milun and his son journey to Wales. On their way, they meet a servant of Milun’s beloved, who informs... (full context)