Prince Robert [Child 87]

DESCRIPTION: Prince Robert asks his mother's blessing on his marriage; instead she poisons him. He sends for his wife. Arriving after the burial, she desires only a ring, but the mother will give nothing. She dies. From the graves grow a birch and brier which entwine.
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1802 (Scott)
KEYWORDS: marriage poison homicide burial ring flowers stepmother
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Child 87, "Prince Robert" (4 texts)
Bronson 87, comments only
HarrisLyleMcAlpineMcLucas, pp. 146-147, "Prince Robert" (1 text)
BarryEckstormSmyth pp. 453-454, "Prince Robert" (notes only)
OBB 58, "Prince Robert" (1 text)
Combs/Wilgus 26, pp. 121-123, "Prince Robert" (1 text)
Gainer, pp. 61-62, "Harry Saunders" (1 text, 1 tune)
Whitelaw-Ballads, pp. 296-297, "Prince Robert"; pp. 297-298, "Earl Robert" (2 texts)

Roud #55
Harry Saunders
File: C087

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