A story in poetry by Hartmann von der Aur, one of the minnesingers (in the 12th century). Henry, prince of Hoheneck, in Bavaria, was struck with leprosy, and was told that he never could be healed untill a spotless maiden volunteered to die on his behalf. Prince Henry, never expecting to meet such a person, sold most of his possessions, and went to live in the small cottage of a tenant farmer. Here Elsie, the farmer's daughter, waited on him, and hearing of the condition of his cure, offered herself. She traveled to Salerno to complete the sacrifice. Prince Henry accompanied her, was cured, and married Elsie, who thus became Lady Alicia, wife of Prince Henry of Hoheneck.

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