Marie de France

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In Her Own Defense

Having written so critically about society and the monarchy, Marie prepared a defense for her craft (and herself) in Guigemar:


Whoever deals with good material feels pain if it's treated improperly.
Listen, my lords, to the words of Marie,
who does not forget her responsibilities when her turn comes.
People should praise anyone
who wins admiring comments for herself.
But anywhere there is
a man or a woman of great worth,
people who envy their good fortune
often say evil things about them;
they want to ruin their reputations.
Thus they act like
vicious, cowardly dogs
who bite people treacherously.
I don't propose to give up because of that;
if spiteful critics or slanderers
wish to turn my accomplishments against me,
they have a right to their evil talk.

The quotes below are attributed to Marie de France and if indeed she did say/write these words then it is clear to see she did not sit back and despair over what her critics had to say.
The fool shouts loudly, thinking to impress the world.

A bully is not reasonable - he is persuaded only by threats.

Hunting God is a great adventure.

~  You have to endure what you can't change.

Indeed, I condemned myself when I slandered all womankind. (from the poem, Le Fresne,The Ash Tree)

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