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Posted By: Anne Lister
01-Apr-19 - 07:55 AM
Thread Name: Anne Lister PhD update
Subject: RE: Anne Lister PhD update
Making a fourth attempt to reply to the various questions here ...(couldn't post the others, for some reason). First, Keberoxu - yes, I will indeed take any opportunity to prance around in fancy robes, and the PhD robes for Cardiff University are red, green and white, as befits the Welsh flag. I will post photos but the ceremony isn't until July.
Secondly, Steve - I didn't study Spanish ballads, so I can't answer your question. The story didn't really ever come to these islands, except as a 19th century adaptation and then an even worse 1930s version (from America). However it did survive in chapbooks in Spain right up to the early 20th century, it was mentioned by Cervantes as one of the books in the library of Don Quixote, and it turned up as a metrical romance in the Philippines, in Tagalog, so it clearly had popular appeal in Spain. Why it didn't travel further across Europe is one of those enduring puzzles. There is an episode however which is strongly reminiscent of the Corpus Christi Carol - the knight lying on a richly covered bed with wounds that won't stop bleeding, looked after by two women - which is probably from the motif of the Sleeping King. It really is a fascinating story, and as I've said before, the story of how it came to be created is also fascinating.

And thank you to all for the congratulations!