In Lanval, one of Marie De France’s twelve Lais, she demonstrates a narrative poem about love and lust set in medieval times. Her short, romantic tale narrates a knight’s love affair with a maiden that is so beyond beautiful that she surpasses all earthly splendors. Lanval, a knight who sat at King Arthur’s Round Table, is the center of Marie’s story and is envied by all the other men and hated for his gallantry, kindness, attraction and courage. The poem’s location is based in the feudal town of Carlisle.
Lanval finds himself far away from his home, without money or friends. As he relaxed one day by a creek two striking women asked him to meet their lady. The unnamed lady was rich beyond measures as well as exquisite, she told Lanval that,