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Marie de France

Marie de France

[ma-ree duh frahns]
Marie de France, fl. 1155-90, poet. Born in France, she spent her adult life in England in aristocratic circles and wrote in Anglo-Norman. She is best known for some dozen lais; several are of Celtic origin, and some are Arthurian.

See Lais, ed. by A. Ewert (1944). See translations by J. L. Weston (1900), E. Rickert (1901), and E. Mason (1911); study by E. J. Mickel, Jr. (1974).

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Fort-de-France (Latin:Archidioecesis Arcis Gallicae et S. Petri o Martinicensis) is an Archdiocese of the Latin rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Caribbean. The Archdiocese comprises the entirety of the former French dependency of Martinique. The Archdiocese is the Metropolitan for the suffragan dioceses of Cayenne and Basse-Terre, and is a member of the Antilles Episcopal Conference.

Erected as the Diocese of Martinique in 1850, the diocese was elevated to an Archdiocese in September 1967. It is currently led by Archbishop Gilbert Marie Michel Méranville. As of 2004, the diocese contains 47 parishes, 35 active diocesan priests, 27 religious priests, and 290,000 Catholics. It also has 178 Women Religious and 37 Religious Brothers.

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