Aucassin (oh-kah-SAN), the son of Count Garin de Beaucaire. He loves Nicolette, a slave girl bought from the Saracens by a captain who has reared her as his own daughter. Aucassin’s father is relentlessly opposed to the marriage, and both Aucassin and Nicolette are imprisoned in the course of the proceedings. At last they run away together and live happily for a time, until they are captured by Saracens. A storm scatters the ships, and the one on which Aucassin is a prisoner drives ashore at Beaucaire, of which he is now count, his parents having died.
Nicolette (nee-koh-LEHT), Aucassin’s lover. After the lovers are separated by the Saracens, she reaches Carthage and there learns that she is the daughter of the King of Carthage. He wants her to marry a king of the Saracens, but she remains true to Aucassin. She makes her way to Beaucaire, where they are married at last.
Count Garin de Beaucaire
Count Garin de Beaucaire (gah-RAN duh boh-KEHR), father of Aucassin. He is opposed to Nicolette as a daughter-in-law.
Count Bougars de Valence
Count Bougars de Valence (boo-GAHR deh vah-LAHNS), at war with Count Garin. Having his father’s promise to let him see Nicolette on his return from battle, Aucassin fights so fiercely that he captures Count Bougars. When his father refuses to keep the bargain, Aucassin releases Count Bougars and is cast temporarily into a dungeon.
The King of Carthage
The King of Carthage, who proves to be Nicolette’s father.