Anonymous, Floris and Blancheflour

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Floris and Blancheflour is a Middle English romance composed in the south-east Midlands in approximately 1250. Extant in four manuscripts, it is likely to have been a popular romance. As is common in Middle English romance, it is derived from a French version of the story, written c.1160; sometimes it translates the French very closely, though at others it adapts, omits, and condenses passages. The Middle English text concentrates largely on the action of the narrative, skipping over much of the dialogue and description of the original, suggesting that it was initially performed orally, as many romances were at the time, rather than read privately. Composed largely of rhyming couplets, it is 1,087 lines long.

Floris and Blancheflour

is a Middle English romance composed in the…

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Citation: Bolton, Kirsty. "Floris and Blancheflour". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 May 2021 [, accessed 24 April 2024.]

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