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The name of the beautiful villain in Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Legacy trilogy.
Melisande Longfield was a character in the Enid Blyton 'Mistletoe Farm' series. She was initially a stuck-up town cousin, but adapted to farm life. The others teased her with the name 'Smellisande'.
Melisande looks stunning on paper, but I can never seem to pronounce it - or at least pronounce it the same way each time! "Mellisand" "Mellisahnd" "Mayleezahnd". Yikes, perhaps best left as a middle name, unless you like the nickname Mel!
Melisende of Jerusalem (1105 – September 11, 1161) was Queen of Jerusalem from 1131 to 1152, and regent for her son between 1153-1161 while he was on campaign. She was the eldest daughter of King Baldwin II of Jerusalem, and the Armenian princess Morphia of Melitene. She was named after her paternal grandmother, Melisende of Montlhery, wife of Hugh I, Count of Rethel. She had three younger sisters: Alice, princess of Antioch; Hodierna, countess of Tripoli; and Ioveta, abbess of St. Lazarus in Bethany. Hodierna's daughter, Melisende of Tripoli, was named in honor of the queen.
Melisandre (with the 'r') is a character in George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire.
There's the painting Mélisande by Marianne Stokes, which depicts the character of the play Pelléas et Mélisande.
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