King Henry [Child 32]

DESCRIPTION: King Henry goes hunting and encounters a hideous woman. For courtesy he salutes her, only to find her making incredible demands -- first the flesh of his animals, and finally that he sleep with her. He does, to find her transformed into a beautiful woman
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1783/1799 (Riewerts-BalladRepertoireOfAnnaGordon-MrsBrownOfFalkland)
KEYWORDS: courting sex shape-changing royalty
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (8 citations):
Child 32, "King Henry" (1 text)
Bronson 32, "King Henry" (1 version)
Bronson-SingingTraditionOfChildsPopularBallads 32, "King Henry" (1 version)
Riewerts-BalladRepertoireOfAnnaGordon-MrsBrownOfFalkland, pp. 174-179, "King Henry" (2 parallel texts plus a photo of the badly-transcribed tune; also a reconstructed tune on p. 280)
Leach-TheBalladBook, pp. 124-126, "King Henry" (1 text)
Quiller-Couch-OxfordBookOfBallads 16, "King Henry" (1 text)
Buchan-ABookOfScottishBallads 4, "King Henry" (1 text, 1 tune in appendix) {Bronson's {#1})

Roud #3967
cf. "The Marriage of Sir Gawaine" [Child 31] (theme of the loathly woman)
NOTES [18 words]: For a discussion of the Loathly Woman theme, see the notes to "The Marriage of Sir Gawaine" [Child 31]. - RBW
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File: C032

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