En Castilla esta un castillo, que se llama Rocafrida;

An anonymous late mediaeval Spanish ballad, of which I am not really sure of the date, but I am guessing early to mid 15th century. This is the type of story, with a princess in a tower with multiple suitors which inspired all those Disney movies, like Tangled or Frozen.

 
ROMANCE DE ROSAFLORIDA

En Castilla está un castillo,  que se llama Rocafrida;
al castillo llaman Roca,  y a la fonte llaman Frida.
El pie tenía de oro  y almenas de plata fina;
entre almena y almena  está una piedra zafira;
tanto relumbra de noche  como el sol a mediodía.
Dentro estaba una doncella  que llaman Rosaflorida;
siete condes la demandan,  tres duques de Lombardía;
a todos les desdeñaba,  tanta es su lozanía.
Enamoróse de Montesinos  de oídas, que no de vista.
Una noche estando así,  gritos da Rosaflorida;
oyérala un camarero,  que en su cámara dormía.
-“¿Qu’es aquesto, mi señora?  ¿Qu’es esto, Rosaflorida?
“O tenedes mal de amores,  o estáis loca sandía.”
-“Ni yo tengo mal de amores,  ni estoy loca sandía,
“mas llevásesme estas cartas  a Francia la bien guarnida;
“diéseslas a Montesinos,  la cosa que yo más quería;
“dile que me venga a ver  para la Pascua Florida;
“darle he siete castillos  los mejores que hay en Castilla;
“y si de mí más quisiere  yo mucho más le daría:
“darle he yo este mi cuerpo,  el más lindo que hay en Castilla,
“si no es el de mi hermana,  que de fuego sea ardida.”

From <http://www.los-poetas.com/g/roman.htm#ROMANCE DE ROSAFLORIDA>

The poem has a great rhythm to it which repays declaiming it out loud, which is probably what happened originally as part of the entertainment after dinner in some castle. I also like the near-repetitions, but with different meanings like Castilla-castillo, Rocafrida – Rosaflorida.

This princess has seven counts and three dukes courting her, but she won’t have anything to do with them, preferring to declare her love to a man she has never met, Montesinos. She sends a servant to France to take him letters declaring her love, and that she will give him not only the best castles in Castille, but also her body, the most beautiful in Castille, except perhaps her sister’s.

As with many of these poems as we have them today, there is no resolution to the story, so we will not know whether Rocaflorida managed to attract Montesinos and have him come and rescue her from her tower. I’m sure there is the germ of a movie script in there somewhere.

 
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