Marie and the Werewolf


Among Marie de France’s works were twelve fables collected in the Lais de Marie de France. Several of these fables are woven throughout EPIMYTHIUM, stories about animals, trees, betrayed lovers, and passionate knights.

In Daniel McCoy’s script, these fables are told through a wide variety of methods, including puppets, actors, and animation.

In that spirit, we here present a few versions of one of Marie’s stories, Bisclavret. Now, don’t worry, this story doesn’t appear in EPIMYTHIUM, so no spoilers here. But it’s a phenomenal story that we want to share with you.

Click here to read the full text of Marie’s fable, translated into English. You’ll notice that Marie introduces the story by saying she heard it from someone else, a claim that begs the question of where she heard all of her wonderful stories.

This short Belgian film by Emilie Mercier was made in 2011. It tells Marie’s fable through an animation style that looks like stained-glass windows come to life.

Storyteller John Edgar performs the story in 2010.

Check out this comic book version of Bisclavret by Kel McDonald.

And don’t forget to come to the reading to hear more stories from Marie de France.


August 24, 2014 @ 4PM

Charlestown Working Theater
442 Bunker Hill St., Charlestown, MA