The story begins with the rescue of a beautiful captive maiden from a band of his own soldiers by the son of the reigning duke. He brings the girl to his father and asks that he be allowed ... See full summary »

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The story begins with the rescue of a beautiful captive maiden from a band of his own soldiers by the son of the reigning duke. He brings the girl to his father and asks that he be allowed to wed her. And here their troubles begin. The maiden is incontinently cast into a dungeon by the irate father, despite the pleas of the young man, but she escapes by means of a rope which she makes from torn-up strips of the blanket that covers her rude bed. In the meantime, the young man has made a bargain with his father; he will lead the old man's forces against the enemy on the condition that if he comes back triumphant he may have the girl of his choice. He does come back triumphant and with a royal captive. We see him approach the castle, the draw-bridge is lowered and the father comes out to meet his son. But when he learns that the battle has been won and that the son has kept his part of the bargain he still refuses to fulfill his part, and a quarrel ensues between them. The young man is ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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3 January 1911 (USA)  »

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It will take rank among the best films of the month
20 October 2015 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

A story of love and lovers taken from the quaint verses which tell of Accausin and Nicolette. Probably not many who will see the film have read the verses, but the picture has the merit of being interesting without a knowledge of the poem. It is one of those love tales in which first the father of the young man, a duke, objects to his son's marriage and imprisons the girl. She escapes, and the young man searches for her, exacting a promise from his father that he may wed the girl of his choice if he wins the next battle. He wins, but the father still objects, and the young man runs away during his betrothal. The girl, a princess in her own right, now encounters her share of difficulty, her father having ideas about her marriage which do not coincide with hers. She runs away, disguised as a harper, making her way back to find her lover, now the reigning duke in place of his father. They are married and the love tale ends in consummation. The setting is very elaborate, and the pageant of dukes and earls, and knights and ladles, which move across the screen are all interesting, appealing strongly to the imagination and presenting a picture difficult to surpass in its beauty and completeness Many of the scenes are artistically conceived and carried out, and the entire picture will attract attention because it is above the ordinary, possessing qualities which refute the main criticisms of motion pictures and and their weakness. It will take rank among the best films of the month. - The Moving Picture World, January 14, 1911


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