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'Floire and Blancheflor' and the European Romance

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This comparative study examines Floire and Blancheflor and shows how medieval writers from Spa in, France, Italy, England, and Scandinavia reworked this story from the twelfth through the sixteenth centuries to develop and emphasise social, political, religious and artistic goals. It shows the influence of a little-known medieval Spanish version, especially as a precursor to Boccaccio's Il Filocolo, and to examine important issues of the development of prose fiction in medieval ...
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Overview

This comparative study examines Floire and Blancheflor and shows how medieval writers from Spa in, France, Italy, England, and Scandinavia reworked this story from the twelfth through the sixteenth centuries to develop and emphasise social, political, religious and artistic goals. It shows the influence of a little-known medieval Spanish version, especially as a precursor to Boccaccio's Il Filocolo, and to examine important issues of the development of prose fiction in medieval and Renaissance Europe.
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"Patricia E. Grieve's ambitious comparative study presents nothing less than a poetics of medieval romance's transformation and diversification through an examination of the enduring love story of Floire and Blancheflor." Barbara F. Weissberger, Speculum - A Journal of Medieval Studies
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Floire and Blancheflor as Peregrinus 13
1 Texts and origins 15
Pt. 2 The road to conversion 52
2 Cunning and ingenuity or Divine Intervention? 53
3 Signs, wonders and the telling of the tale 86
4 Routes of conversion: time and space 134
5 Generic crossroads 159
Epilogue: Poetics of continuation 182
App. A Cronica de Flores y Blancaflor: the reign of King Fines and King Flores 202
App. B Table of important characters and placenames in major European versions of Floire and Blacheflor 204
Bibliography 210
Index 231
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