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A Yuletide rec

Rec, did I say? Nay, a flailing, screaming, OMG SO BRILLIANT go read it imperative.

Le Silence de Roman by [personal profile] lyrstzha is a "fix-it" for a medieval French troubadour tale called Le Roman de Silence, The Romance of Silence, which treats of gender in a way that one doesn't really think of the Medievals as doing.

Here is a translation of the key part of the source material, which [personal profile] lyrstzha provides in the introductory notes:

They dressed Silence as a woman.
Lords, what more can I say?
Once he was called Silentius:
they removed the -us, added an -a,
and so he was called Silentia.
After Nature
had recovered her rights,
she spent the next three days refinishing
Silence's entire body, removing every trace
of anything that being a man had left there.


Lyrstzha tells another side of the story in iambic tetrameter, with wit, humor, and real love for the spirit of the source material. Here are arguably the crowning lines of her whole tale:

[Silence says]
"...Because it seemed to my mind
That I stood unique in kind.”
Merlin snorted at this cry;
He smiled and scoffed and rolled his eyes.
“So lament all under the sun!
Each thinking he's the only one
To bear strangeness as a brand
Like an exile in a far-flung land.
In truth there is no such creature
As one who's common in every feature.”

It's under 2000 words and a joy to read, especially aloud. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Crossposted from Dreamwidth, where there are comment count unavailable comments.

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lyrstzha
Jan. 12th, 2014 11:12 am (UTC)
Oh, wow - thanks for the wonderful rec, too! This just makes my day, especially when I figured only maybe two people would ever read this, and that's counting me.
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