Moral Education in L'Esquiriel, Manuscript A (Paris, B.N. fr. 837), or What's a Mother to Say?

King, David S.
January 2012
Medieval Perspectives;2012, Vol. 27, p99
Academic Journal
The article discusses the moral instruction in the old French fabliau "L'Esquiriel" or "The Squirrel." It explores the role of the mother as teacher and the daughter as her pupil in the poem wherein the mother offers moral instruction and feminine reticence to her teenage daughter. It cites the nuanced message revealed in the elements of the poem and the sexual activities in the fabliaux as well as the gap in the adolescent's education in the conclusion of the poem. It also cites the interpretation of several critics including Norris J. Lacy, Caroline Jewers, and Per Nykrog on the poem and its characters.


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