James Hatley [Child 244]

DESCRIPTION: (Hatley) is accused of stealing the king's jewels, though (Fenwick) is in fact the thief. One of the king's children convinces the king to let Hatley fight for his honor; (Hatley/the prince) kills Fenwick. Hatley is made a high official
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1859 (Chambers)
KEYWORDS: nobility royalty thief lie fight accusation help
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland)
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Child 244, "James Hatley" (3 texts)
Leach-TheBalladBook, pp. 606-608, "James Hatley" (1 text)

Roud #4022
NOTES [45 words]: This more-than-usually-romantic ballad seems to have no basis in fact. The negotiations surrounding Hatley's release remind me strongly of "Hughie Grame" [Child 191], though there seems to be no actual relationship, and of course the context and outcome are different. - RBW
File: C244

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