The Tale of Princess Seraphita
The chronicles relate that Duke Albrecht, having led his army to victory, met and killed the usurper Edmund in single combat. And he slew also Edmund’s foul mother, who had married the old king, that on his death her son might seize the throne. Now the Duke searched in the deepest dungeons of the Castle at Montfalcone for Prince Serapion, the rightful heir, for surely the witch had not dared to do away with him! But he did not find him.
But he met a maiden walking in the garden of the castle, and was much taken with her beauty and her demeanour.
“Who art thou, lady?” he enquired. “Dost thou dwell here in the castle? Maybe thou canst give me tidings of one whom I seek?”
“My lord Duke – for I know who thou art,” she replied, in a soft voice like the sound of church bells heard across the meadows on a bright spring day, “I know whom thou