Granddaughter of the Duke of Ferrara and heroine of the
old romance Florice and Blanchefleur, which was popular
throughout Europe during the sixteenth century, and is probably
of Spanish origin. Blanchfleur and Florice (son of the King
of Murcia) loved each other from infancy, and she gave him a
magical ring. He was banished for his love, and Blanchfleur was
eventually shipped to Alexandria to be sold as a slave. Florice,
however, found her there, partly by aid of the mystic ring, and
they were happily united. Versions of the Florice or Florio romance
seem to have existed in the thirteenth century

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