The Lais of Marie de France

Marie de France's "Guigemar" by Marie de France

How are Masculinity and Femininity expressed in Marie de France's "Guiegemar"?

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Marie's greatest literary accomplishment in the Lais is the way she celebrates the chivalrous court culture of her day while subtly and consistently lambasting it. The search for fame and self-glorification works in direct contrast to the charity and selflessness that Marie prizes as the most virtuous of loves. The pursuit of celebrity and women works against people who otherwise love one another (like in "Milun"), and makes it hard to remain selfless.