“The Twa Knights”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1828 (Buchan)
Keywords: gambling trick abuse injury infidelity family marriage wager

Description

A squire bets a knight that, if the knight leaves home for a time, he can seduce the knight's wife. He traps the wife into offering to come to his bed, but she sends her neice instead. When the truth is revealed, the niece weds the squire

Long description

A squire bets a knight that, if the knight leaves home for a time, he can seduce the knight's wife. He traps the wife into offering to come to his bed, but she sends her neice instead. He cuts off the ring and finger to prove his victory. The knight's wife demonstrates that she still has her finger. The niece is offered the right to either kill the squire or marry him for his abuse. After much hesitation, the niece weds the squire

Notes

The notion of wagering over a woman's fidelity is common in folklore; in the Child canon, cf. e.g. "The Boy and the Mantle" [Child 29]. - RBW

Cross references

References

  1. Child 268, "The Twa Knights" (1 text)
  2. Roud #303
  3. BI, C268