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Blondel de Nesle

(fl. 1180—1200)


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A French trouvère of the late 12th cent. Legend makes him a friend of Richard Cœur de Lion. Blondel sat under a window of the castle in Austria where Richard was imprisoned (1192) and sang a song in French that he and the king had composed together; half‐way through he paused and Richard completed it. Blondel returned to England and told of the king's whereabouts.

Subjects: Literature — Music.


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