The Breton lai, Milun is the ninth among twelve lais in the collected works known famously as the Lais of Marie de France. It is a narrative about a courtly love and family bond that become divided by an overpowering marital system. Written in England, the lai of the legendary medieval poet, Marie de France, can be traced back to the 12th century. Virtually nothing is known of the writer. Any information identified, including her name and geographical background, has been discovered through her manuscripts. While her poems focus primarily on the observance of love, distinctiveness of each character, and vibrancy of words, Marie’s lai, Milun, had a sense of realism involved that impacted me personally. The fictional tale corresponds
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Not because of the overpowering beliefs of my surrounding society, but because my parents did not approve of him. Where I saw charm and wit, they saw a man undeserving of my love and affection. It is a heartbreaking feeling to feel as though you have to keep quiet about someone that you feel so passionately about. I would assume that Milun and his mistress felt the same; their undying love for one another kept them bonded even while they were forced apart. They would go to great lengths to plan intimate meetings in the grove outside of the damsels room; “Milun came there so often and loved her so much that the girl became pregnant” (53-54). Pregnancy is so breathtakingly beautiful, though it can be incredibly nerve racking in a situation where you fear punishment or disapproval from loved ones.
In the days in which Milun was composed, premarital relations were considered disgraceful and led to severe punishment. When the damsel conceived a passionate love that led to pregnancy, I understood her feelings of worry over her condition. I was only eighteen years old when I found out that I was expecting a child; I was but a mere child myself. I hadn’t blossomed into a woman and still had many things to learn as I can imagine the female character in the story did, as well. “She had lost her honor and her good name when she got herself into this situation” (58-59). Though my worries differed from those of the