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GUEST,Reynardine Origin: Child Owlet / Chylde Owlet (28) RE: Origin: Child Owlet / Chylde Owlet 17 Aug 18


The theme is quite similar to the story of Phaedra and Hippolytus, and it's not fanciful to suppose "Owlet" is a corruption of "Hippolyte". If so, the predecessor ballad was likely French or Norman. This is conjecture; I've no way to follow it up. Someone more experienced in the field of French medieval and folk tradition might find this line productive, however.


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