Changing Places: The <i>Fables</i> and Social Mobility at the Court of Henry II

R. Howard Bloch

in The Anonymous Marie de France

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780226059686
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226059693 | DOI:
Changing Places: The Fables and Social Mobility at the Court of Henry II

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This chapter discusses the moral lessons and the depiction of social mobility in Marie de France's Fables. It suggests that in the Fables Marie was obsessed with the question of perspective and of interpretation as the determining element of value, and of value as a determinant of action. This chapter also argues that the truth of the Fables lies not in the dispensation of truth, but in the exposition of an opposition between truth and lies that can be translated into appropriate and inappropriate action.

Keywords: Fables; Marie de France; social mobility; moral lessons; element of value; determinant of action; truth and lies

Chapter.  16236 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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