In Marie de France's Lanval each woman present in the story commands respect in a manner that was not common during this time period. Whether it is a beautiful hand maiden, the mystery woman of Avalon, or the Queen, each woman has the opportunity to directly address a man of higher status and importance almost as an equal. In the early part of the story, Lanval, a poor knight, is resting in peace and is approached by a pair of beautiful hand maidens he does not know. These maidens greet him and command him to follow them and offer him safe guided passage to their destination. "Lord Lanval, the lady we owe duty / A lady of valor, wisdom, beauty / It's for you our lady has sent us. Now come along with us, do!... [continues]
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