Alatiel  

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The story of Alatiel is the seventh tale of the second day (II, 7) of the Decameron.

The Sultan of Babylon sends one of his daughters overseas, designing to marry her to the King of Algarve. By diverse adventures she comes in the space of four years into the hands of nine men in varied places. At last she is restored to her father, whom she quits again in the guise of a virgin, and, as was at first intended, is married to the King of Algarve.

This scandalous tale is told by Panfilo. There is no agreement on its origin, probably because of the very eclectic nature of the plot, which may have been pieced together from various sources by Boccaccio. Some suggest The Thousand and One Arabian Nights or the Ephesian Tale may have given some inspiration to the author for this tale, but not enough that either could definitely been called "a source."

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