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Unformatted text preview: While in Rome, a company of Syrian merchants hear of the emperor's daughter, Dame Constance, who is the epitome of beauty, goodness, and innocence. Upon their return to Syria, the merchants share their adventures with the young Syrian ruler, the Sultan, who is particularly captivated by the descriptions of Lady Constance. He decides to have Constance for a wife, and because a Christian emperor will not form an alliance with a Muslim nation, the Sultan is baptized "Rather than that I lose / The Lady Constance, I will be baptized" ("Rather than I lese / Custance, I wol be cristned") he instructs his subjects to become Christians as well. With the marriage arranged and her journey to begin, Constance is close to despair at leaving her family, friends, and Rome, but being a dutiful and faithful daughter, she commends herself to the journey, relying upon "Jesus Christ who died for our salvation, / Give me the strength of purpose to...
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGLISH 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '11 term at Texas State.
- Fall '11