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Medieval Women and Poetry. By Lindsey Bell. Looking At:. Authorship Medieval Court Floencia Pinar Marie de France. Medieval Authorship. Modern concept of Authorship did not exists at this time Male dominated field.

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looking at
Looking At:
  • Authorship
  • Medieval Court
  • Floencia Pinar
  • Marie de France
medieval authorship
Medieval Authorship

Modern concept of Authorship did not exists at

this time

Male dominated field

rise of court
Began in early 12th

century with the end

of the Crusades

The crusades brought contact with the East

Life originating outside the Church

Rise of Court
three forms of love in poetry
Three Forms of Love in Poetry
  • Fin’ Amors ( Adulterous love)
  • Passionate love/ Tristian love

(Tragic Love)

  • Conjugal Courtly Love ( Love inside marriage)
fall of secular court
Fall of Secular Court
  • Decline in late 12th

century to the early

13th century

  • Occurred during the

beginning of the

Albigensian Crusade


Florencia Pinar

  • 15th century Spanish Love poet
  • Connected to the court of Ferdinan and Issabelle

Florencia Pinar’s Poetry

Work in 3 Collections (Concioners)

Uses Female voice

Poems are written with concrete language

marie de france
Marie de France

Not much is known about her life though many guess.

Composed writings between


Wrote in French Vernacular

Wrote three different genres:

Brenton Tale

Animal Fables

Spiritual voyages

  • About men and women suffering in love
  • The female characters launch the story and resolve the crises
  • Critique on feudal courtly society
  • These lais brought Marie de France to the 21st century
cheverefoil the lai of the honeysuckle
Cheverefoil/ The Lai of the Honeysuckle
  • Shortest Lai
  • Rewrite of an old myth
  • Shows the joy of love and the pain of separation.
lai lavnal
Lai Lavnal
  • Only rewrite of an Arthurian tale
  • Most copied Lai
  • A criticism of feudal society
  • Most popular in Marie de France’s time.
  • First to bring fables to a divers audience
  • 102 fables in all