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WOMEN’S HISTORY MARIE DE FRANCE (flourished 12th century)

Marie de France was a poet at the court of Henry II of England, whose identity is unknown. It’s most often suggested that she was Marie, Abbess of Shaftesbury and the illegitimate daughter of Henry’s father, Geoffroy V, comte d’Anjou though it’s also possible that she was the Abbess of Barking; the Abbess of Reading; Marie Ire, comtesse de Boulogne; or the wife of Hugh Talbot.

At any rate, Marie is most well-known for her collection of Breton Lais, a collection of narrative poems mostly concerning chivalry and courtly love.