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Contributor Contrib.walesgal92 on 10/10/2010
Used by Shakespeare in his play 'The Winter's Tale' (1610) for the prince of Bohemia, lover of Perdita. It was used as a pseudonym by the British king George IV in his correspondence with actress Mary Robinson, his mistress who was herself known as Perdita (it being the Shakespeare character in which she first attracted his attention when prince of Wales). The character Prince Florizel in Benjamin Disraeli's novel 'Endymion' (1880) "is meant for Napoleon III". This also occurs in Henry Beston's 'Firelight Fairy Book' (1919) as the name of a fairy king. It was borne by Sir Florizel Glasspole (1909-2000), the third Governor-General of Jamaica.