Yonec: A tale of courtly love

Yonec: A tale of courtly love

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We’re going back to the Lais of Marie de France, as Danièle tells the story of Yonec. It has all the hallmarks of a classic medieval romance: adultery, magic, spying, revenge, and women being blamed for wrecking everything.

You can read a translation of Yonec from Wikisource, or check out the Penguin Classics version, translated by Glyn S. Burgess and Keith Busby.

See also: Marie de France’s Yonec: Sex, Blood and Shapeshifting in a Twelfth-Century Verse

See also: How to be a Medieval Romance Hero in Five Easy Steps

What is the reference to Ladyhawke? Check out this trailer for the 1985 film:

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Top Image: Yonec text from BNF MS Fr. 24432

Watch the video: French Mediaeval Romances from the Lays of Marie de France by Marie de FRANCE. Full Audio Book (June 2022).


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