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date: 05 December 2020

Floris and Blancheflour 

The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Dinah BirchDinah Birch

A Middle English metrical romance in 1,083 lines from the first half of the 13th century, based on a 12th‐century French original and surviving in four later manuscripts, all of which lack the opening lines. Floris and Blancheflour are brought up together: he is the son of a Saracen king and she the daughter of a Christian lady who has been captured and brought to the king's court. They fall in love and Blancheflour is banished. Floris sets off to find her, equipped with a precious cup and a magic ring which prove instrumental in his finding her and their ultimate marriage by consent of the emir. The story, which has analogues in the ... ...

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