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A Medieval “Best Seller”

A Medieval “Best Seller”

(p.206) CHAPTER SEVEN A Medieval “Best Seller”
The Anonymous Marie de France
R. Howard Bloch
University of Chicago Press

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

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