The Lais of Marie de France

by

Marie de France

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Yonec is the son of Muldumarec and the lady of Caerwent, conceived during their brief affair. Though the tale “Yonec” is named for him, he appears only briefly in the story. When Yonec grows up, he’s given Muldumarec’s sword and told the story of how his stepfather, the lord of Caerwent, brought about Muldumarec’s death. To avenge both his parents, Yonec promptly beheads his stepfather. Then, the people of Caerleon proclaim Yonec their king.

Yonec Quotes in The Lais of Marie de France

The The Lais of Marie de France quotes below are all either spoken by Yonec or refer to Yonec. 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.
VII. Yonec Quotes

“Fair son, you have heard how God has brought us here! It is your father who lies here, whom this old man unjustly killed. Now I commend and hand over to you his sword, for I have kept it long enough.” For all to hear, she revealed to him that this was his father and he his son, how he used to come to her and how her husband had betrayed him. She told him the truth, fell into a faint on the tomb, and, while unconscious, died. She never spoke again, but when her son saw she was dead, he struck off his stepfather’s head, and thus with his father’s sword avenged his mother’s grief.

Related Characters: The Lady of Caerwent (speaker), Muldumarec , The Lord of Caerwent, Yonec
Page Number: 93
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Yonec Character Timeline in The Lais of Marie de France

The timeline below shows where the character Yonec appears in The Lais of Marie de France. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
VII. Yonec
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Next, Marie intends to tell the story of Yonec and how his father, Muldumarec, met his mother, the lady of Caerwent. In Britain, there... (full context)
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...telling her that she is pregnant with his child, a son whom she must call Yonec; Yonec will someday avenge them both. (full context)
...He also gives her his sword, which must be given to their son someday. When Yonec grows up, the lady must take him and her husband to a feast where they’ll... (full context)
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...that, the lady’s husband starts treating her better, thanks to the ring’s effects, and when Yonec is born, his parents and his whole kingdom adore him. However, the same year that... (full context)
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When the lady hears this, she calls to Yonec, saying that his father is buried here, unjustly killed by the lord of Caerwent. She... (full context)