'Floire and Blancheflor' and the European Romance
This comparative 1997 study examines a medieval love story, Floire and Blancheflor, and shows how writers from Spain, France, Italy, England and Scandinavia reworked the story from the twelfth to the sixteenth century to develop and emphasize social, political, religious and artistic goals, while maintaining its entertaining qualities. It shows the importance of a little-known medieval Spanish version to the development of the story throughout Europe, and especially as a precursor to Boccaccio's Il Filocolo, and examines important issues of the development of prose fiction in medieval and Renaissance Europe. This study is unique for its breadth of coverage of one story and for its inclusion of Spain as a significant participant in the development of medieval narrative.
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Part One Floire and Blancheflor as Peregrinus
Part Two The road to conversion
Epilogue Poetics of continuation
historical period of the fictional regin of King Fines and King Flores
B Table of important characters and placenames in major European versions of Floire and Blancheflor ...
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Admiral’s Alfonso Almeria aristocratic French version Ascalion ballads basket Berta Bianciﬁore Bianciﬁore’s Blancaflor Boccaccio Caleon Cantare century chapter Charlemagne Christian critics Cro'nica de Flores cunning and ingenuity edition Emir’s episode Estoria European versions example father Fiammetta ﬁctional ﬁgures Filocolo ﬁnd ﬁrst Floire and Blancheﬂor Floire’s Flores and Blancaﬂor Flores y Blancaﬂor Flores’s Florio and Bianciﬁore ﬂowers French and Middle garden Gaston Paris Gaydon genre God’s Gran conquista hagiographic Hispanic Holy Holy Roman Emperor Ilario journey King Felix King’s kingdom legend of Floire literary love story lovers manuscript medieval literature Middle English Middle English poems Middle English versions Moorish moral mother narrative narrator Old French Old Norse Old Norse version pagan pagan gods peacock Pentecost pilgrimage pilgrims popular French Queen reader recall references religious Rome saga Saint Saint ames scene Sigiberto signiﬁcance Spain Spanish Chronicle Spanish prose romance speciﬁcally spiritual tale tomb tower versions of Floire