Jataka tales  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Floris and Blancheflour is the missing link between European medieval literature and the Arabian Nights.

The story has analogs in [[Indian literature, particularly the Jatakas of the early fifth century. Many of the details, such as the Tower of Maidens (i.e. harem), eunuch guards, and the odalisques derive from material carried to the west via The Arabian Nights. The tale could be originally French, or possibly of Oriental origins, or a synthesis of motifs.

Boccaccio tells a version of the same tale in his "Filocolo" in the Decameron.

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