“The Valiant London Apprentice”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: c. 1595
Keywords: royalty fight animal contest marriage apprentice
Found in: Canada(Mar)


The youth, sent to Turkey, praises Queen Elizabeth above all kings. When challenged, the youth breaks the Turkish prince's neck. Thrown to the lions, he kills the beasts. The Turkish emperor admits English superiority; his daughter marries the youth

Historical references


  1. Laws Q38, "The Valiant London Apprentice"
  2. Creighton/Senior, pp. 124-126, "The Wealthy London Prentice"(1 text, 1 tune)
  3. BBI, ZN2080, "Of a worthy London Prentice"
  4. DT 749, LONDPREN*
  5. Roud #1016
  6. BI, LQ38