Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art: The Dinner Party: Heritage Floor: Marie de France

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Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Heritage Floor; detail), 1974–79. Porcelain with rainbow and gold luster, 48 x 48 x 48 ft. (14.6 x 14.6 x 14.6 m). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago. Photograph by Jook Leung Photography

Marie de France
Flourished circa 1160–1215, France and England

Little is known of Marie de France beyond that she is the earliest known female French poet. She may have been part of the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine, who was a great patron of literature. Marie composed verse narratives called lais, with romantic and magical themes, and collections of fables known as Ysopets. Other writings include the Legend of the Purgatory of Saint Patrick and the Life of Saint Audrey. Her works indicate that she was a highly cultivated woman, well versed in Latin and local lore.

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Eleanor of Aquitaine

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Adela of Blois
Adelaide of Susa
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Blanche of Castile
Almucs De Castenau
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Isabella De Forz
Maria de Ventadorn
Barbe De Verrue
Dervorguilla
Edith
Failge

Fibors
Lady Godiva
Hawisa
Jeanne of Navarre
Margaret
Margaret of Lincoln
Marie of Champagne
Mathilde of Tuscany
Matilda
Matilda of Flanders
Melisande
Sobeya
Violante
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