Marie de France, one of the best known medieval women, is justly famous for her Lais, but her delightful longer work, the Fables, has yet to be properly appreciated by modern audiences. This jaunty collection of 103 tales is the earliest extant vernacular collection of fables from western Europe and, in the variety of its sources, anticipates the compilation done five centuries later by La Fontaine.
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