“The King's Dochter Lady Jean”

Author: unknown
Keywords: royalty incest rape suicide
Found in: Britain(England,Scotland(Aber)) US(MA)

Description

The king's daughter goes to the wood, where a man meets her and rapes her. After he is through, they exchange names. He is her brother came back from the sea! She stabs herself. She is carried home and dies. When he sees her body, he dies in her arms

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

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Recordings

References

  1. Child 52, "The King's Dochter Lady Jean" (4 texts)
  2. Bronson 52, "The King's Dochter Lady Jean" (5 versions plus 2 in addenda)
  3. DT 52, KINGDAUJ KNGDAU2
  4. Roud #39
  5. BI, C052