Torrismond (TOHR-ihs-muhnd), the reputed son of Raymond but actually the son of the deposed King Sancho of Aragon. This gallant young warrior has just saved the kingdom from the Moors. Returning, he valiantly declares his love for Queen Leonora in the presence of his rival, Bertran, the duke who has been defeated three times by the Moors but who is betrothed to the queen. Torrismond, true to the dictates of his conscience, weds the queen without knowing that there is a plot to murder the imprisoned King Sancho. Turning first toward, then away from, his wife, he is urged to join the loyalists led by Raymond, exiled since the usurper king and then the usurper’s daughter, Queen Leonora, came to power. Torrismond remains loyal to his wife. He is overjoyed when he learns that Bertran had merely spread the rumor that King Sancho was dead. Further, he feels that as prince regent he can successfully rule the kingdom.
Queen Leonora (lay-uh-noh-rah), the successor to her father’s usurped throne, betrothed to Bertran but actually in love with Torrismond, the savior of Aragon. Beautiful yet benevolent, Leonora is overwhelmed with love for the warrior hero, a sense of obligation to the people of her kingdom who suffer invasion because she had turned down the marriage proposal of a Moorish king, and guilt for not loving as her father directed. She craftily tests Bertran, who offers to kill Sancho, the rightful king, but she regrets her actions when she discovers...
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