La Belle Dame Sans Merci, and other poems

Chartier, Alain (c.1385–c.1430), translation by Kline, A. S. (contact-email)

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Alain Chartier, a 15th-century French writer, served in various capacities such as royal clerk and financial secretary for the Dauphin, who became Charles VII. Chartier was active in diplomatic missions, including marriage negotiations for Louis XI. He gained literary fame for his poem “La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” later echoed by John Keats. His oeuvre also includes political critiques targeting societal corruption and power abuses. Born into an educated family, Chartier was a peer of Christine de Pisan and Charles D’Orléans, albeit not involved in the Battle of Agincourt that led to D’Orléans’ long captivity in England.

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Kline, A. S.

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