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princess lointaine

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  • French for "distant princess", the term refers mainly to love interests in stories of knights-errant, generally rich, beautiful, and largely perfect; knights in these stories were known to fall in love with a women (almost invariably a princess) they have never met nor seen, but merely have heard described as being very beautiful, and they then embark on quests or vow oaths or enter tournaments in their honor or any number of other plot-driving knightly deeds. In this respect, they may be considered a form of MacGuffin: the story's characters' actions revolve around attaining them, but they have no other affect.

    March 22, 2014