In spite of the books title, the story was probably not written by Marie de France.
We should perhaps except the lais, the chief of which are known under the name of Marie de France.
But the most admirable poem by Marie de France is unquestionably her Eliduc.
Both types occur in the lays of Marie de France,—the best that have come down to us.
Of the personal history of Marie de France very little is known.
The tales included in this little book of translations are derived mainly from the "Lays" of Marie de France.
Another change, and a very remarkable one, occurs in the Fables of Marie de France.