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Changing Places: The Fables and Social Mobility at the Court of Henry II

Changing Places: The Fables and Social Mobility at the Court of Henry II

Chapter:
(p.139) CHAPTER FIVE Changing Places: The Fables and Social Mobility at the Court of Henry II
Source:
The Anonymous Marie de France
Author(s):
R. Howard Bloch
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226059693.003.0006

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

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