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The final decision to determine the winner of the tournament lies with Florantine’s ladies. As they cannot agree, Florantine suggests that her father should be the judge. Naturally, the king chooses Lion. One of her ladies, Genoivre de Calabre, supporter of the duke of Garnier, cannot accept Lion as the winner and decides to send a message to her cousin, the duke, who plots a scheme to abduct Florantine before she has the chance to marry Lion.

The next day, the king crowns the winner. While returning to the inn, Lion meets the White Knight who reminds him of the promise that had been made before the tournament. The winner willingly abandons all that he has gained to the one that helped him win, but the White Knight, satisfied with Lion’s honesty, uncovers his true identity. Lion falls to his knees and praises God for his generosity. The White Knight disappears after having assured Lion that he would come back and help Lion if ever the need arose.

Back at the inn, Lion writes a letter to Bauduyn, informing him about his success and commanding him to join him in Sicily. Then, he makes an agreement with Thiéry for an annual income of a thousand florins and names him chamberlain.

In the middle of the night, Genoivre awakens Florantine and takes her and Marie to the orchard of the palace. The duke of Garnier seizes them both. The alarm is sounded: Lion, the White Knight, Raymon de Vauvenisse and King Henry accompanied by their men, launch the pursuit of the kidnapper. Garnier de Calabre entrusts Florantine to his brother, the Bâtard de Calabre, who takes her to Reggio, while Garnier hides in the fortress of Monterose to have a rearguard action against those that are in pursuit of him.

In Reggio, Florantine learns that Lion is laying siege to Monterose and she succeeds in sending him a message via a pilgrim.

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