A 13th‐cent. courtly story in northern French, composed in alternating prose and heptasyllabic verse, now believed to be a loving pastiche of the excesses of courtly‐love romances. The writer was probably a northern jongleur unfamiliar with the Provençal setting of the story. It is discussed or translated by Swinburne, Pater, and Lang. The story tells of the faithful love of Aucassin, the son of Count Garins of Beaucaire, and Nicolette, a Saracen captive, and their series of adventures before they are finally married.