The Lais of Marie de France

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Marie de France

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The Lord of the Pistrians’ Daughter Character Analysis

In “Les Deus Amanz,” the Lord of the Pistrians’ daughter is devoted to her father, the lord of the Pistrians. He is reluctant to marry her off, requiring suitors to successfully carry her up a mountain before they’re allowed to marry her. As a result, she stays single for a long time. Meanwhile, she falls in love with a count’s son. Instead of eloping, they agree to obtain a strengthening potion from the young woman’s aunt; this will allow the young man to successfully carry her up the mountain, fulfilling the lord of the Pistrians’ quest and winning his daughter’s hand. Despite the girl’s urging, however, her lover is too eager to stop and drink the potion during the climb. Though he reaches the top, he dies from the exertion, and the girl dies of heartbreak soon after. They’re buried together in a marble coffin atop the mountain.

The Lord of the Pistrians’ Daughter 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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The Lord of the Pistrians’ Daughter Character Timeline in The Lais of Marie de France

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VI. Les Deus Amanz
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...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 since his wife’s death. However,... (full context)
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...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 they can. Unable to stand it any... (full context)
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...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 thinks the youth is being foolish,... (full context)
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...that he doesn’t think about the potion. When she sees that he’s tiring, the lord’s daughter urges him to drink, but he insists that his heart is strong; he doesn’t want... (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.... (full context)