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A Medieval “Best Seller”

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0008
A Medieval “Best Seller”

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This chapter analyzes the key issues explored in Marie de France's Espurgatoire Seint Patriz. It suggests that this work resolved most of the unresolved issues in Lais and Fables and it the most theoretically sophisticated work of a self-consciously theoretical oeuvre. It also states that this work is considered to be one of the best sellers of the Middle Ages. This chapter also shows that Espurgatoire Seint Patriz is the first literary rendering to William Shakespeare's mention of Hamlet's father's ghost.

Keywords: Espurgatoire Seint Patriz; Marie de France; Lais; Fables; theoretical oeuvre; William Shakespeare; Hamlet

Chapter.  14375 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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