Literature: Sir Aldingar
Sir Aldingar is Child Ballad #59.The title knight tries to seduce the queen. When she rejects him, he puts a leper in her bed and told the king that she was unfaithful — and not even with a right good knight. The king orders them both executed. The queen demands a trial by combat, if she can get a champion. A messenger in search of one is sent back by what looks like a four-year-old boy, but who knows what the queen dreamed. He appears and mortally wounds Aldingar in the fight. Aldingar confesses. The king and queen are reconciled, and the leper is miracluously cured and serves the king as a steward.Francis Child's variants listed here.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: The champion
- Damsel in Distress: The queen
- Deathbed Confession: Aldingar makes one
- Dreaming of Things to Come: The queen remembers this when accused
- Duel to the Death: Aldingar is killed in the fight
- Historical Fiction: In some versions, the king and queen are Henry Plantagenet and Eleanor Of Aquitaine.
- Malicious Slander
- Right Makes Might: A little boy fights and wins
- Swarm of Rats: In prison.
- Trial by Combat: She demands the chance to clear herself.
- Woman Scorned: Gender Flipped