Can anyone describe the setting (time, location, culture, etc.) of the book The Princess Bride?I'm confused, and I need to write a report on the book, not the movie. Where is Florin located? What...

Can anyone describe the setting (time, location, culture, etc.) of the book The Princess Bride?

I'm confused, and I need to write a report on the book, not the movie. Where is Florin located? What time period is this? What is Florin's culture? What's the different levels of society there? In addition, the local fashion and climate of Florin?

I got the time (sort of), the location, but that's it. Can anyone please help me answer these questions? Thank you.

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

We are told that Florin is somewhere between where Germany and Sweden "would eventually settle."  But somehow this is in a time before Europe existed (but after Paris already exists).  So I think that the point is that it is a fairy tale and there's not supposed to be any exact location to it.

We know that people can go to America because Westley tries to go.  So we know it's later than about 1500.  But again, the book doesn't say this -- it says it's before Europe exists.

As far as society goes, we know that this is a feudal system.  There are peasants working the land and there are nobles ruling and living in castles.