This is an unusual story. Written in twelfth-century France, it puts a wide range of characters on stage, from a duke of extreme - not to say crazy - nobility to a mere juggler, Daurel, who displays great personal heroism as well as musical and acrobatic talent. We also meet the Emperor Charlemagne in one of his less loveable moods, an enchanting baby who chuckles his way through the book, a noble Emir with his delightful family, a dastardly murderer who at last gets his comeuppance, and a noble lady, Charlemagne's sister, who is quite appallingly treated by her brother. His heartless exercise of power is perfectly legal, and bystanders are too terrified to do more than weep.
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