The Lais of Marie de France

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Marie de France

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In “Les Deus Amanz,” the Lord of the Pistrians is the king of Pistria, a city in Normandy. A widower, he is devoted to his daughter and reluctant to marry her off. So, he comes up with a plan he thinks is foolproof: to be allowed to marry his daughter, a man must carry her up a nearby mountain without stopping.

The Lord of the Pistrians Quotes in The Lais of Marie de France

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VI. Les Deus Amanz Quotes

The king led his daughter into the meadow towards the Seine, where a great crowd gathered. She wore nothing but her shift, and the young man took her in his arms. The little phial containing the potion (he well knew that she had no wish to let him down) was given to her to carry, but I fear it will be of little avail to him, because he knew no moderation.

Page Number: 84
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...mountain in that country. Here’s how it happened: near Normandy, in the city of Pitres, the lord of the Pistrians has a beautiful, courtly daughter. She has been a great consolation to the king ever... (full context)
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A noble young man, a count’s son, lives in that country and often visits the lord of the Pistrians ’ court. He and the king’s daughter fall in love, concealing the fact as best... (full context)
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Excitedly, the young man returns to Normandy and quickly approaches the lord of the Pistrians , ready to carry his daughter up the mountain. The king says yes, but he... (full context)
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After embracing and kissing her dead lover, the lord’s daughter dies. When the lord of the Pistrians finds them, he swoons, and the people lament. A few days later, the two young... (full context)