History Literature / ChildBallads

8th Aug '16 3:18:47 AM Morgenthaler
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Child Ballads may be thought of as the Scottish/English branch of a larger collection of MedievalBallads. Medieval ballads are found in all countries around the North Sea, from {{Iceland}} to {{Sweden}}.

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Child Ballads may be thought of as the Scottish/English branch of a larger collection of MedievalBallads. Medieval ballads are found in all countries around the North Sea, from {{Iceland}} UsefulNotes/{{Iceland}} to {{Sweden}}.UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}}.
14th Dec '15 8:43:29 PM Nightsky
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* SelkiesAndWereseals: In "The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry" (#113)
28th Nov '15 4:46:13 PM nanshe
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** In "Andrew Lammie" (#233), Tifty's Annie falls in love with Andrew Lammie and refuses to marry a lord. In response, her father and brother beat her to force her into marriage. She remains steadfast in her refusal, though, and her father and/or brother kill her.
28th Nov '15 3:42:02 PM nanshe
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** "Sir Patrick Spens" (#58) is based on the story of Margaret, Maid of Norway, the granddaughter of Alexander III of Scotland. Edward I of England selected her as the heir to the throne of Scotland and a ship was sent to Norway to fetch her. The ballad has her and the entire crew perishing in a shipwreck, but she actually died of an illness en route.

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** "Sir Patrick Spens" (#58) is based on the story of Margaret, Maid of Norway, the granddaughter and heir-apparent of Alexander III of Scotland. Edward I of England selected After her as the heir to the throne of Scotland and grandfather's death, a ship was sent to Norway to fetch her.take her back to Scotland to become the new Queen, but she never made it. The ballad has her and the entire crew perishing in a shipwreck, but she actually died of an illness en route.
28th Nov '15 3:38:51 PM nanshe
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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: To [[EleanorOfAquitaine]] and William Marshal in "Queen Elanor's Confession" (#156). Whatever their faults (and there were many), they didn't have an affair with each other, kill Rosamund de Clifford, or plot to poison Henry II.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: To [[EleanorOfAquitaine]] EleanorOfAquitaine and William Marshal in "Queen Elanor's Confession" (#156). Whatever their faults (and there were many), they didn't have an affair with each other, kill Rosamund de Clifford, or plot to poison Henry II.



** Special note goes to "Queen Elanor's Confession" (#156), Eleanor of Aquitaine confesses to, among other things, having lost her virginity to William Marshal. Given that Eleanor's eldest child, Marie of France, was two years older than Marshal, that is very unlikely.

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** Special note goes "Sir Patrick Spens" (#58) is based on the story of Margaret, Maid of Norway, the granddaughter of Alexander III of Scotland. Edward I of England selected her as the heir to the throne of Scotland and a ship was sent to Norway to fetch her. The ballad has her and the entire crew perishing in a shipwreck, but she actually died of an illness en route.
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"Queen Elanor's Confession" (#156), Eleanor of Aquitaine confesses to, among other things, having lost her virginity to William Marshal. Given that Eleanor's eldest child, Marie of France, was two years older than Marshal, that is very unlikely.
28th Nov '15 3:32:29 PM nanshe
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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: To Eleanor of Aquitaine and William Marshal in "Queen Elanor's Confession." Whatever their faults (and there were many), they never had an affair, killed Rosamund de Clifford, or plotted to poison Henry II.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: To Eleanor of Aquitaine [[EleanorOfAquitaine]] and William Marshal in "Queen Elanor's Confession." Confession" (#156). Whatever their faults (and there were many), they never had didn't have an affair, killed affair with each other, kill Rosamund de Clifford, or plotted plot to poison Henry II.
28th Nov '15 3:28:20 PM nanshe
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** In "Lady Maisry" (#65), the Scottish protagonist becomes pregnant out of wedlock by her English true love and her family executes for it.

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** In "Lady Maisry" (#65), the Scottish protagonist becomes is killed by her family for becoming pregnant out of wedlock by her English true love and her family executes for it.an Englishman.
28th Nov '15 3:26:52 PM nanshe
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: "Kemp Owyne" (Child #34), "Alison Gross" (Child #35)
%% * ActuallyIAmHim: Played for tragedy in "Bonnie Banks o'Fordie" (Child #14)
%% * AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Several, including "Black Jack Davey" (Child #200)
* AttemptedRape: In "Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight" (Child #4), the knight tricks the protagonist into running off to him, only to reveal that he intends to rape and kill her. Fortunately, she kills him instead.

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: "Kemp Owyne" (Child #34), (#34), "Alison Gross" (Child #35)
(#35)
%% * ActuallyIAmHim: Played for tragedy in "Bonnie Banks o'Fordie" (Child #14)
(#14)
%% * AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Several, including "Black Jack Davey" (Child #200)
(#200)
* AttemptedRape: In "Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight" (Child #4), (#4), the knight tricks the protagonist into running off to him, only to reveal that he intends to rape and kill her. Fortunately, she kills him instead.



* BeingEvilSucks: The bandit learns this the hard way "Bonnie Banks o'Fordie" (Child #14)
* BewareOfHitchHikingGhosts: "The Suffolk Miracle" (Child #272) has this plot (with a horse instead of a car). In the ballad, the hitchhiker is the protagonist's lover, who died of grief when her father prevented him from seeing her; it also makes use of the reappearing garment device (in this case, a handkerchief which shows up in the man's grave).

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* BeingEvilSucks: The bandit learns this the hard way "Bonnie Banks o'Fordie" (Child #14)
(#14)
* BewareOfHitchHikingGhosts: "The Suffolk Miracle" (Child #272) (#272) has this plot (with a horse instead of a car). In the ballad, the hitchhiker is the protagonist's lover, who died of grief when her father prevented him from seeing her; it also makes use of the reappearing garment device (in this case, a handkerchief which shows up in the man's grave).



* BrotherSisterIncest: "Sheath and Knife" (Child #16), "The Bonny Hind" (Child #50), "Lizie Wan" (Child #51), "The King's Dochter Lady Jean" (Child #52), and "Brown Robyn's Confession" (Child #57)

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* BrotherSisterIncest: "Sheath and Knife" (Child #16), (#16), "The Bonny Hind" (Child #50), (#50), "Lizie Wan" (Child #51), (#51), "The King's Dochter Lady Jean" (Child #52), (#52), and "Brown Robyn's Confession" (Child #57)(#57)



* CreepyCrows: Several ballads depict ravens and crows as creepy, but most especially "The Three Ravens" and its more cynical variant, "The Twa Corbies" (both are Child #26).

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* CreepyCrows: Several ballads depict ravens and crows as creepy, but most especially "The Three Ravens" and its more cynical variant, "The Twa Corbies" (both are Child #26).



* DeathByChildbirth: In "Sheath and Knife" (Child #16), the pregnant woman goes with her brother to give birth

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* DeathByChildbirth: In "Sheath and Knife" (Child #16), (#16), the pregnant woman goes with her brother to give birth



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes[=/=]MyGodWhatHaveIDone: "Bonnie Banks o'Fordie" (Child #14). An outlaw comes upon three sisters in the woods. He threatens each one in turn to make her marry him. The first two refuse and are killed. The third threatens him with her brother or brothers. He asks after them and discovers that [[{{Irony}} he is the brother]]. He commits suicide.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: "Willie O'Winsbury" (Child #100), also known as "John Barbour" or "Tom the Barber." In each version, the king's daughter becomes pregnant by the title character, and the king decides to give his blessing to the match after seeing how handsome the young man is. The version recorded by Pentangle contains this lyric:

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes[=/=]MyGodWhatHaveIDone: "Bonnie Banks o'Fordie" (Child #14).(#14). An outlaw comes upon three sisters in the woods. He threatens each one in turn to make her marry him. The first two refuse and are killed. The third threatens him with her brother or brothers. He asks after them and discovers that [[{{Irony}} he is the brother]]. He commits suicide.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim: "Willie O'Winsbury" (Child #100), (#100), also known as "John Barbour" or "Tom the Barber." In each version, the king's daughter becomes pregnant by the title character, and the king decides to give his blessing to the match after seeing how handsome the young man is. The version recorded by Pentangle contains this lyric:



** In "King Orfeo" (Child #19), the king of the fairies kidnaps the protagonist's wife, Heurodis, just because he can.
** In "Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight" (Child #4), the Elf knight entices the protagonist to run away with him (thought whether by means of flattery or magic depends on the version) and turns out to be TheBluebeard who intends her to kill her partially for her jewels and partially just ForTheEvulz.
** In "The Queen of Elfan's Nourice" (Child #40), a woman is kidnapped to nurse the children of the Fairy Queen.
** In "Hind Etin" (Child #41), Lady Margaret is abducted by the eponymous Hind Etin and bears him seven sons.

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** In "King Orfeo" (Child #19), (#19), the king of the fairies kidnaps the protagonist's wife, Heurodis, just because he can.
** In "Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight" (Child #4), (#4), the Elf knight entices the protagonist to run away with him (thought whether by means of flattery or magic depends on the version) and turns out to be TheBluebeard who intends her to kill her partially for her jewels and partially just ForTheEvulz.
** In "The Queen of Elfan's Nourice" (Child #40), (#40), a woman is kidnapped to nurse the children of the Fairy Queen.
** In "Hind Etin" (Child #41), (#41), Lady Margaret is abducted by the eponymous Hind Etin and bears him seven sons.



* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: "The Twa Sisters" (Child #10) is about two sisters who are in love with the same man. It ends in murder.

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* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: "The Twa Sisters" (Child #10) (#10) is about two sisters who are in love with the same man. It ends in murder.



** In "Lady Maisry" (Child #65), the Scottish protagonist becomes pregnant out of wedlock by her English true love and her family executes for it.
* IceQueen: Barbara Allen in "Barbara Allen" (Child #84). She only starts to [[DefrostingIceQueen defrost]] after a young man dies because of her.

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** In "Lady Maisry" (Child #65), (#65), the Scottish protagonist becomes pregnant out of wedlock by her English true love and her family executes for it.
** In "Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard" (#81), Lord Barnard kills Little Musgrave and his wife for having an affair.
* IceQueen: Barbara Allen in "Barbara Allen" (Child #84).(#84). She only starts to [[DefrostingIceQueen defrost]] after a young man dies because of her.



** "The Elfin Knight" (Child #2) is pretty much the TropeCodifier: a pair of ex-lovers challenge each other to impossible tasks which they want the other to fulfill before they would love them again.

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** "The Elfin Knight" (Child #2) (#2) is pretty much the TropeCodifier: a pair of ex-lovers challenge each other to impossible tasks which they want the other to fulfill before they would love them again.



** "The Cruel Mother" (Child #20) and "The Maid and the Palmer" (Child #21) are about mothers who killed or kill their own infants.
** "Sir Patrick Spens" (Child #58) may be based on the ill-fated voyage of seven-year-old Margaret, Maid of Norway (and heiress to the Scottish crown) from Norway to Scotland. As in real life, she dies in the ballad--though in a shipwreck rather than of an illness.
** "Lamkin" (Child #93) goes into graphic detail about the murder of a baby and his mother.

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** "The Cruel Mother" (Child #20) (#20) and "The Maid and the Palmer" (Child #21) (#21) are about mothers who killed or kill their own infants.
** "Sir Patrick Spens" (Child #58) (#58) may be based on the ill-fated voyage of seven-year-old Margaret, Maid of Norway (and heiress to the Scottish crown) from Norway to Scotland. As in real life, she dies in the ballad--though in a shipwreck rather than of an illness.
** "Lamkin" (Child #93) (#93) goes into graphic detail about the murder of a baby and his mother.



* TheMourningAfter: "The Unquiet Grave" (Child #78) initially plays this straight. In the end, though, it's subverted: The living lover's incessant grief prevents their beloved from resting in peace.

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* TheMourningAfter: "The Unquiet Grave" (Child #78) (#78) initially plays this straight. In the end, though, it's subverted: The living lover's incessant grief prevents their beloved from resting in peace.



* MurderTheHypotenuse: The older sister in "Twa Sisters" and the Nut-Brown Maid in "Lord Thomas and Fair Annet" (Child #73) both do this.

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* MurderTheHypotenuse: The older sister in "Twa Sisters" (#10) and the Nut-Brown Maid in "Lord Thomas and Fair Annet" (Child #73) (#73) both do this.



* OffingTheOffspring: The cruel mother in "The Cruel Mother" (Child #20) and the maid in "The Maid and the Palmer" (Child #21) killed their own babies.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Though, in ballads, it's ''always'' a bad idea to be in love with a dead person, they're not necessarily evil ''per se''. Ghosts and other revenants can pop up to drive their killers crazy ("The Cruel Mother", Child #20), or just to say goodbye ("Sweet William's Ghost", Child #77; "The Wife of Usher's Well", Child #79).

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* OffingTheOffspring: The cruel mother in "The Cruel Mother" (Child #20) (#20) and the maid in "The Maid and the Palmer" (Child #21) (#21) killed their own babies.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Though, in ballads, it's ''always'' a bad idea to be in love with a dead person, they're not necessarily evil ''per se''. Ghosts and other revenants can pop up to drive their killers crazy ("The Cruel Mother", Child #20), or just to say goodbye ("Sweet William's Ghost", Child #77; "The Wife of Usher's Well", Child #79).



* ParentalIncest: In "Brown Robyn's Confession" (Child #57), the protagonist confesses to having fathered two children on his mother and five on [[BrotherSisterIncest his sister]].

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* ParentalIncest: In "Brown Robyn's Confession" (Child #57), (#57), the protagonist confesses to having fathered two children on his mother and five on [[BrotherSisterIncest his sister]].



* RecycledINSPACE: Some ballads are clearly variants of older stories--"King Orfeo" (Child #19), for instance, is a retelling of the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek myth]] of Orpheus and Eurydice. With FairFolk.
* RelativeError: In "Child Maurice" (Child #83), the husband of Child Maurice's mother mistakes him for her lover and [[{{Yandere}} kills him for it.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In some variants of "Lady Maisry" (Child #65), the ballads ends with Lady Maisry's true love declaring one against her family for killing her.

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* RecycledINSPACE: Some ballads are clearly variants of older stories--"King Orfeo" (Child #19), (#19), for instance, is a retelling of the [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek myth]] of Orpheus and Eurydice. With FairFolk.
TheFairFolk.
* RelativeError: In "Child Maurice" (Child #83), (#83), the husband of Child Maurice's mother mistakes him for her lover and [[{{Yandere}} kills him for it.]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In some variants of "Lady Maisry" (Child #65), (#65), the ballads ends with Lady Maisry's true love declaring one against her family for killing her.



* RunawayBride: A the end of Hind Horn (Child #17), Jean elopes with her true love, Hind Horn, even though she's newly wed to someone else.
* ScarpiaUltimatum: The bandit does this to three sisters in "Bonnie Banks o'Fordie" (Child #14)

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* RunawayBride: A the end of Hind Horn (Child #17), (#17), Jean elopes with her true love, Hind Horn, even though she's newly wed to someone else.
* ScarpiaUltimatum: The bandit does this to three sisters in "Bonnie Banks o'Fordie" (Child #14)(#14)



* SelfMadeOrphan: In "Jellon Grame" (Child #90), Jellon's daughter kills him. It's [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], though, because Jellon killed her mother.

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* SelfMadeOrphan: In "Jellon Grame" (Child #90), (#90), Jellon's daughter kills him. It's [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], though, because Jellon killed her mother.



* SiblingTriangle: the sister's motive in "The Twa Sisters"
* StandardHeroReward: e.g. "The ''Golden Vanity''" (Child #286) [[spoiler: SUBVERTED TO THE MAX!!! The hero is told this is the reward, if he drills holes in the enemy man-o'-war, which he does (In a horribly poetic way: He let the water in, and it dazzled in their eyes, and he sunk them in the Low Lands Low.) He is then [[DidYouActuallyBelieve betrayed by the captain]] and is abandoned to drown in the ocean.]] StandardHeroReward be damned!
* StockPuzzle: e.g. "Riddles Wisely Expounded" (Child #1), "Captain Wedderburn's Courtship" (Child #46)

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* SiblingTriangle: the The older sister's motive in "The Twa Sisters"
Sisters" (#10).
* StandardHeroReward: e.g. "The ''Golden Vanity''" (Child #286) (#286) [[spoiler: SUBVERTED TO THE MAX!!! The hero is told this is the reward, if he drills holes in the enemy man-o'-war, which he does (In a horribly poetic way: He let the water in, and it dazzled in their eyes, and he sunk them in the Low Lands Low.) He is then [[DidYouActuallyBelieve betrayed by the captain]] and is abandoned to drown in the ocean.]] StandardHeroReward be damned!
* StockPuzzle: e.g. "Riddles Wisely Expounded" (Child #1), (#1), "Captain Wedderburn's Courtship" (Child #46)(#46)



* StuffedIntoTheFridge: A noblewoman and her infant son in "Lamkin" (Child #93) are brutally murdered because her killers harbor a grudge against her husband.
* SurpriseIncest: In "The Bonny Hind" (Child #50) and "The King's Dochter Lady Jean" (Child #52) with tragic consequences.

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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: A noblewoman and her infant son in "Lamkin" (Child #93) (#93) are brutally murdered because her killers harbor a grudge against her husband.
* SurpriseIncest: In "The Bonny Hind" (Child #50) (#50) and "The King's Dochter Lady Jean" (Child #52) (#52) with tragic consequences.



* TheseQuestionsThree: In "The Devil's Nine Questions", a subtype of Child #1 "Riddles Wisely Expounded", the Devil challenges one or several human characters to answer nine (= three times three) riddles, threatening he will take to hell whoever cannot give the right answers. At least that is what he says: [[ArtifactTitle Many variants contain only eight riddles.]]
* ThickerThanWater: In "The Death of Robin Hood" (Child #120), Robin Hood trusts this trope and it gets him killed. Specifically, he goes to have one of his cousins, a nun, treat his illness by bleeding. But his cousin, who harbors a grudge against him of varying reasons, either bleeds him too much or lets her lover kill him.
* TogetherInDeath: "Fair Margaret and Sweet William" (Child #74); "Lord Lovel" (Child#75); some variants of "Barbara Allen" (Child #84).
** The living lover in "The Unquiet Grave" (Child #78) seems determined to [[DrivenToSuicide prematurely fulfill this trope]], but the ghost of their beloved always begs them to go and [[HerHeartWillGoOn live out the rest of their life instead]].
* TraumaticCSection: In "Jellon Grame" (Child #90), the protagonist gives one to his lover and raises the baby himself.
%%* UngratefulBastard: The Captain in "The Golden Vanity" (Child #286).
* VillainProtagonist: Lamkin or Long Lankin in "Lankin" (Child #93), who murders a woman and a child either because [[DisproportionateRetribution her husband didn't pay him for building a castle]] or just ForTheEvulz.

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* TheseQuestionsThree: In "The Devil's Nine Questions", a subtype of Child #1 "Riddles Wisely Expounded", the Devil challenges one or several human characters to answer nine (= three times three) riddles, threatening he will take to hell whoever cannot give the right answers. At least that is what he says: [[ArtifactTitle Many variants contain only eight riddles.]]
* ThickerThanWater: In "The Death of Robin Hood" (Child #120), (#120), Robin Hood trusts this trope and it gets him killed. Specifically, he goes to have one of his cousins, a nun, treat his illness by bleeding. But his cousin, who harbors a grudge against him of varying reasons, either bleeds him too much or lets her lover kill him.
* TogetherInDeath: "Fair Margaret and Sweet William" (Child #74); (#74); "Lord Lovel" (Child#75); some variants of "Barbara Allen" (Child #84).
(#84).
** The living lover in "The Unquiet Grave" (Child #78) (#78) seems determined to [[DrivenToSuicide prematurely fulfill this trope]], but the ghost of their beloved always begs them to go and [[HerHeartWillGoOn live out the rest of their life instead]].
* TraumaticCSection: In "Jellon Grame" (Child #90), (#90), the protagonist gives one to his lover and raises the baby himself.
%%* UngratefulBastard: The Captain in "The Golden Vanity" (Child #286).
(#286).
* VillainProtagonist: Lamkin or Long Lankin in "Lankin" (Child #93), (#93), who murders a woman and a child either because [[DisproportionateRetribution her husband didn't pay him for building a castle]] or just ForTheEvulz.



** Special note goes to "Queen Elanor's Confession" (Child #156), Eleanor of Aquitaine confesses to, among other things, having lost her virginity to William Marshal. Given that Eleanor's eldest child, Marie of France, was two years older than Marshal, that is very unlikely.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Evil shapeshifters will often have a RedRightHand (e.g. "The House Carpenter", Child #243). Good shapeshifters are rare, but see "The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry" (Child #113).

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** Special note goes to "Queen Elanor's Confession" (Child #156), (#156), Eleanor of Aquitaine confesses to, among other things, having lost her virginity to William Marshal. Given that Eleanor's eldest child, Marie of France, was two years older than Marshal, that is very unlikely.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Evil shapeshifters will often have a RedRightHand (e.g. "The House Carpenter", Child #243). Good shapeshifters are rare, but see "The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry" (Child #113).(#113).



** In "Child Owlet" (Child #291), Lady Erskine tries to seduce her husband's nephew, Child Owlet. He turns her down, so tells her husband that he tried to seduce her and turns commits suicide. In response, Child Owlet's uncle orders his execution.
** Genderflipped in "Sir Aldingar" (Child #59): the queen turns down a pass from the VillainProtagonist and so he makes it look like she was unfaithful to the king with a leper. Luckily, in this case, the Man Scorned's plot fails.

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** In "Child Owlet" (Child #291), (#291), Lady Erskine tries to seduce her husband's nephew, Child Owlet. He turns her down, so tells her husband that he tried to seduce her and turns commits suicide. In response, Child Owlet's uncle orders his execution.
** Genderflipped in "Sir Aldingar" (Child #59): (#59): the queen turns down a pass from the VillainProtagonist and so he makes it look like she was unfaithful to the king with a leper. Luckily, in this case, the Man Scorned's plot fails.



** The elder sister in "The Twa Sisters" (Child #10), who kills her younger sister because they're both in love with the same man.
** The nut-brown maid in "Lord Thomas and Fair Annet" (Child #73), who kills Annet because Thomas loves her more.
** The Lord in "Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard" (Child #81), who kills Musgrave and his wife after catching them in bed together.
** The Lord in "Child Maurice" (Child #83), who kills the protagonist after mistakenly thinking that Child Maurice was having an affair with his wife.
* AYearAndADay: In "The Unquiet Grave" (Child #78), the protagonist mourns on their dead lover's grave for this long.
* YouAreTooLate: In "Lady Maisry" (Child #65), the Scottish protagonist becomes pregnant by her true love and her family arranges for her execution. A page runs to fetch Maisry's true love to save her, but they return to find that [[DownerEnding they are too late and Maisry is already dead.]]
* YoungestChildWins: Sometimes played straight, sometimes subverted: in "The Twa Sisters" (Child #10), the elder ''kills'' the younger.

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** The elder sister in "The Twa Sisters" (Child #10), (#10), who kills her younger sister because they're both in love with the same man.
** The nut-brown maid in "Lord Thomas and Fair Annet" (Child #73), (#73), who kills Annet because Thomas loves her more.
** The Lord in "Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard" (Child #81), "Child Maurice" (#83), who kills Musgrave and his wife the protagonist after catching them in bed together.mistakenly thinking that Child Maurice was having an affair with his wife.
** The Lord in "Child Maurice" (Child #83), who kills * AYearAndADay: In "The Unquiet Grave" (#78), the protagonist after mistakenly thinking that Child Maurice was having an affair with his wife.mourns on their dead lover's grave for this long.
* AYearAndADay: In "The Unquiet Grave" (Child #78), the protagonist mourns on their dead lover's grave for this long.
* YouAreTooLate: In "Lady Maisry" (Child #65), (#65), the Scottish protagonist becomes pregnant by her true love and her family arranges for her execution. A page runs to fetch Maisry's true love to save her, but they return to find that [[DownerEnding they are too late and Maisry is already dead.]]
* YoungestChildWins: Sometimes played straight, sometimes subverted: in "The Twa Sisters" (Child #10), (#10), the elder ''kills'' the younger.
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* HonorRelatedAbuse:
** In "Lady Maisry" (Child #65), the Scottish protagonist becomes pregnant out of wedlock by her English true love and her family executes for it.



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: In some variants of "Lady Maisry" (Child #65), the ballads ends with Lady Maisry's true love declaring one against her family for killing her.



* YouAreTooLate: In "Lady Maisry" (Child #65), the Scottish protagonist becomes pregnant by her true love and her family arranges for her execution. A page runs to fetch Maisry's true love to save her, but they return to find that[[DownerEnding they are too late and Maisry is already dead.]]

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* YouAreTooLate: In "Lady Maisry" (Child #65), the Scottish protagonist becomes pregnant by her true love and her family arranges for her execution. A page runs to fetch Maisry's true love to save her, but they return to find that[[DownerEnding that [[DownerEnding they are too late and Maisry is already dead.]]
28th Nov '15 3:18:11 PM nanshe
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* YouAreTooLate: In "Lady Maisry" (Child #65), the Scottish protagonist becomes pregnant by her true love and her family arranges for her execution. A page runs to fetch Maisry's true love to save her, but they return to find that[[DownerEnding they are too late and Maisry is already dead.]]
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