Belle Recompense, Une (A Beautiful Reward)
DESCRIPTION: French. The singer's unfaithful captain says he will marry her but then leaves. She follows him, dresses as a volunteer dragoon and rides a horse like a general. She kills him. The king gives her a gold pin and watch as a reward.
EARLIEST DATE: 1960 (Peacock)
KEYWORDS: foreignlanguage courting warning army fight war cross-dressing death dialog lover soldier
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Peacock, p. 326, "Une Belle Recompense" (1 text, 1 tune)
cf. "William Taylor" [Laws N11] (plot)
NOTES [22 words]: For notes on legitimate historical examples of women serving in the military in disguise, see the notes to "The Soldier Maid." - RBW
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