Robert d'Orbigny: Floire et Blancheflor

Floire et Blancheflor is a Medieval verse tale, from the Loire region of France, attributed to Robert d’Orbigny (or d’Orléans), possibly inspired by Neema and Noam, one of the tales of the Thousand and One Nights, and propagated in a multitude of versions and languages. The tale first circulated in Europe around 1160AD, in an ‘aristocratic’ French version, and was extremely popular from c1200 to c1350AD.

Our new translation, in rhymed couplets as per the original text, with illuminations  (c.1442-1444) from the workshop of Diebold Lauber, courtesy of the Heidelberg University Library, Germany, is now available here

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