Maria Bendinelli Predelli is a retired Full Professor from McGill University. A graduate from the University of Florence, Italy (1966), she directed the Section d’études italiennes at Université de Montréal from 1976 to 1987, and the Department of Italian Studies from 1990 to 1999. Her research focuses on the chivalric literature of Late Medieval Italy seen in its connection with the French epic and courtois poems. A secondary field of interest is folkloric and popular literature. Main publications: Alle origini del Bel Gherardino (Florence : Olschki, 1990); Piccone e poesia: la cultura dell’ottava nel poema d’emigrazione di un contadino lucchese (Lucca: Accademia Lucchese di Scienze Lettere e Arti, 1997); Cantari e dintorni (Roma: EUroma, 1999), “Gismirante” and “Madonna Leonessa” by Antonio Pucci (British Rencesvals Society, 2013), La Struzione della Tavola Ritonda (Florence, SEF, 2015); articles in Letteratura italiana antica 2002, 2003, 2010, etc. In 2003 she was awardes the “Stella dell’Ordine della Solidarietà Italiana” as a ‘most distinguished expert in Italian Language and Literature in Quebec,’ 2003.