Book of the Month: The Animal Let Live: Marie de France’s Bisclavret and Milun
Our Book of the Month for November is The Animal Let Live: Marie de France’s Bisclavret and Milun, translated by Katherine Margot Toohey.
Marie de France’s 12th-century lais Bisclavret and Milun are combined in this volume, in Quemar’s new Modern English translation, with the original Anglo-Norman French text. The title The Animal Let Live reflects the essence of these lais, where the animal under threat, in a mistrustful society, is kept alive in affection – be it a knight suspended in a wolf-transformation, or a swan, whose wings carry every utterance in secret from a lady and knight in love but severed from each other.
In Bisclavret and Milun the animal remaining alive leads to the narrative’s resolution. Within these texts, the animals grant new elements to the lives of those around them – whether that be the King’s love, in wonder at the mysterious and beautiful animal from the forest, or every word between the lady and the knight, lost if not for a swan’s living wings.
You can get a copy of this book by joining our Patreon’s Book of the Month tier during the month of November.
You can also get this book from the Quemar Press website
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