'Floire and Blancheflor' and the European Romance

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 2, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 260 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
1
Part One Floire and Blancheflor as Peregrinus
13
Part Two The road to conversion
51
Epilogue Poetics of continuation
182
historical period of the fictional regin of King Fines and King Flores
202
B Table of important characters and placenames in major European versions of Floire and Blancheflor ...
204
Bibliography
210
Index
231
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