Floire et Blancheflor. (ca. and 13th century). This Old French idyllic verse ROMANCE exists in two different versions, the earlier one, sometimes called. Toutes les informations de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France sur: Floire et Blancheflor. OFr. romance relating the love between two children, a Saracen prince and Christian slave-girl. The ‘aristocratic’ version (s) concentrates on luxurious.

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Soon after, news of Felix’s death reaches Cairo and Floris and Blanchefleur depart for home where they inherit the kingdom, embrace Christianity, and convert their subjects as well.

While this description of course invokes biblical references to paradise that vloire throughout the medieval world, such descriptions of magical, gem-studded streams are nonetheless striking, especially if one considers them in tandem with representations of Byzantine splendors. Le baisement de la croix.

Qui le baptesme refusoit Ne en Diu croire ne voloit, Flores les faisoit escorcier, Ardoir en fu u detrencier. Floire, the son of the pagan king, falls in love with his Christian companion, Blancheflor, and, blabcheflor like their names, they are almost indistinguishable.

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So impressed are the advisers at the willingness of the young lovers to die for one another that they persuade the emir to spare their lives. For recent work on medieval Greek narratives, see Panagiotis A. The Art of Medieval French Romance. This is the first translation into modern English of the story of Floirf and Blanchefleur, a popular romantic story that appeared in numerous languages of both northern and ffloire Europe well into lbancheflor Renaissance.


The tale has been a popular subject for later retellings, and it was treated by Swedish poet Oskar Levertin in the romantic ballad ” Flores och Blanzeflor ” in the collection Legender och visor Legends and Songs in Rhetoric, Hermeneutics, and Translation in the Middle Ages: Floire then sets off on a quest to find his love.

Floire et Blancheflor

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The English account, Floris and Blancheflur or Flores and Blancheflour was composed in the East Midlands dialect about and is commonly held to be one of the most charming romances flloire Middle English. The stream flows full of wondrous jewels and gems.

Floris and Blancheflour

Floire et Blancheflor French romantic tale. Look at other dictionaries: Si galerne is de mer, bise ne alter vent, Ki ferent al paleis devers occident, Il le funt turner e menut e blancheflog, Cumme roe de char qui a tere decent; Cil corn sunent e buglent e tunent ensement Cumme tabors u toneires u grant cloches qui pent.

Flores, knowing that Blancheflour is about to be taken by the Emir as a wife, comes to rescue her from her peril.

The passage also resonates with references to the elaborate description of the river of sardonyx flowing through the castle of love found in Velthandros and Chrysandza, a stream so sparkling that Velthandros is temporarily mesmerized while staring at its many gems and the fiery streaks of light coursing through its currents.

The older original “aristocratic” version does not contain knightly combat but the “popular” French version that would come later does contain some elements. Cultural and Political Relations.


Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Rather, thematic tropes like exotic automata, when read not only within medieval French romances like Floire et Blancheflor, but also from within the perspective of the Byzantine romances themselves, are also a way for textual stereotypes to function as a mnemonic celebration—even a proclamation—of Byzantine splendors in a time when word of mouth and storytelling were the main means of communicating information about foreign cultures.

Among the pilgrims are a French knight and his recently widowed daughter, who has chosen to dedicate the rest of her life to the sanctuary. This passage opens a narrative frame for the poem, a frame in which violence brings riches.

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Byzantium and the Crusades. Le baisement des pieds, de la mule du pape. Felix, King of Al-Andalus Muslim Spainon one of his ventures into Galicia in northwestern Spain attacks a band of Christian pilgrims en route on the Way of St James to the famous medieval pilgrimage shrine of Santiago de Compostela.

After several days of happiness, however, Floire is discovered, and the emir orders a court date for them at which one of them shall be executed. University of North Carolina Press, Academic Traditions and Vernacular Texts.