“King Arthur and King Cornwall”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1750 (Percy MS.)
Keywords: royalty disguise bragging

Description

King Arthur, disguised, goes to King Cornwall's castle, where Cornwall boasts how he is better than Arthur.

Notes

This ballad is known only from the Percy manuscript. Since the manuscript is heavily damaged, the detailed course of the ballad cannot be discerned. Child connects the ballad with the (twelfth century) romance of Charlemagne's visit to Jerusalem. - RBW

References

  1. Child 30, "King Arthur and King Cornwall" (1 text)
  2. OBB 18, "King Arthur and King Cornwall (A Fragment)" (1 text)
  3. Roud #3965
  4. BI, C030