minstrel: Re: King Arthur search

mn13189 at WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU mn13189 at WCUVAX1.WCU.EDU
Thu Feb 27 08:36:32 PST 1997

On Thu, 27 Feb 1997, Nicholson, Drew wrote:

> I have a friend who is looking for a tale of one of King Arthur's knights.
> The knight  finds this lady and marries her.  She is completely lovely for 12
> hours a day and unspeakably ugly the other 12.  He gets to choose which 12 hours
> of the day she is lovely.  After much thought, he choose that she be lovely
> during the day, so that all his friends can also enjoy her loveliness.  After
> being married for a year, and sleeping next to this ugly woman by night, she
> rewards him for his kindness and becomes lovely all the time.
> Does anyone have any idea which knight this is and where I might find a copy of
> the story?  Also, is it period?

Yes, it is period.  Chaucer included it in his Canturbury Tales.
Wonderful peice.  If you can wait until I'm home tonight I'll look in my
copy and tell you the exact tale and the knight's name.

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