King Henry (song)

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This article is about Child 32, a "loathly lady" variant. For Child 164, the historical ballad, see King Henry Fifth's Conquest of France.

"King Henry" is Child ballad 32,[1] Roud 3967.

It is a version of the tale of the loathly lady. This form of the tale appears in Hrólfr Kraki's saga and also in the Scottish tale "The Daughter Of King Under-Waves".[2] A similar bride is found in "The Marriage of Sir Gawain".[3]

Versions[edit]

Steeleye Span included a version on the 1972 album Below the Salt.

Martin Carthy also recorded a version, currently available on Shearwater and The Carthy Chronicles: A Journey Through the Folk Revival disk 4 'Child:Carthy'.

Alexander James Adams, at the time recording as Heather Alexander included "King Henry-Black Nag" on the 2003 album Festival Wind.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Francis James Child, The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, "King Henry"
  2. ^ Francis James Child, The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, v 1, p 297, Dover Publications, New York 1965
  3. ^ Francis James Child, The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, v 1, p 298, Dover Publications, New York 1965