Marie de France
- What is Marie's background?
- When did she live? What English court may she have belonged to?
- What are lays?
- What is the setting at the beginning of the story?
- What is Lanval's reputation among the other knights?
- What is Lanval's background?
- Why do you think Lanval is sad, forlorn and downcast?
- How is the maiden's tent described?
- How is the beauty of the maiden described?
- How realistic is the meeting between Lanval and the beautiful maiden, or is it more like a dream?
- What do you think is the point of the maiden asking Lanval not to tell anyone about their love?
- Why does the queen get angry at Lanval?
- How is Lanval's response to the queen's proposal inappropriate for a knight?
- What accusation does the queen make against Lanval?
- What does Arthur demand for Lanval's life to be spared?
- How do Gawain and the others respond to the charges against Lanval?
- How does Lanval respond?
- How is Lanval's "trial" carried out?
- How are Guenevere and Arthur portrayed?
- The maiden is described according to the courtly ideals of Norman beauty. What are some of these traits?
- How is Lanval saved from punishment?
- What finally happens to Lanval?
- What do you think is the role of the nightingale in this story?
- The two lovers in the story practice chaste love. They never physically betray the husband. Is the wife an adulterer? Is your sympathy with the wife or with he husband?
- Is a purely online relationship in our age between two already married people an adultery?
- What do you think the nightingale represents for the husband? What does it represent for the lovers?