“Sheath and Knife”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1796 (Scots Musical Museum)
Keywords: homicide incest pregnancy burial mourning royalty
Found in: Britain(Scotland)

Description

The princess (Jeannie) is pregnant by her brother. Rather than reveal the truth, the two leave for the greenwood, where he shoots here and buries her "with their bairn at her feet." He returns home, but even the joys of royalty cannot console him.

Notes

On the scientific evidence that brothers and sisters raised apart are particularly likely to fall in love, and some further speculation as to why, see the notes to "Babylon, or, The Bonnie Banks o Fordie [Child 14]." - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Child 16, "Sheath and Knife" (6 texts)
  2. Bronson 16, "Sheath and Knife" (2 versions)
  3. DT 16, SHEATHKF* SHTHKNF2 SHTHKNF3
  4. ADDITIONAL: Walter de la Mare, _Come Hither_, revised edition, 1928; #64, "Sheath and Knife" (1 text)
  5. Roud #3960
  6. BI, C016