It is the 12th century.
Henry II rules England with his French wife Eleanor of Aquitaine. The French tongue has begun its complex, passionate embrace with Anglo-Saxon. The mysterious author Marie de France — an Englishwoman who wrote only in French — pens her lyrics and narrative as the key tales of chivalry are being spun on either side of the Channel. Nothing of certainty is known of Marie de France besides her works. Therefore, we imagine that, sponsored by Queen Eleanor, Marie de France invites the best writers of the Britains (Great and Small) to a grand tournament of language arts.
Marie de France, from an illumnated manuscript, via Wikimedia Commons.