Blondel de Nesle


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Blondel de Nesle

(blŭn`dəl də nĕl, Fr. blôNdĕl` də nĕl), fl. late 12th cent., French troubadour, a favorite of Richard IRichard I,
 Richard Cœur de Lion
, or Richard Lion-Heart,
1157–99, king of England (1189–99); third son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.
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 of England. Legend relates that after Richard was captured and imprisoned by Leopold V of Austria in 1193, Blondel wandered through Germany, singing a song known only to him and his lost master, until Richard answered from his prison. Blondel was then able to tell the English where Richard was held captive.
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