“Young Andrew”

Alternate titles: “Death of Young Andrew”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1750 (Percy ms.)
Keywords: courting theft family abandonment infidelity greed hardheartedness sex betrayal manhunt revenge death

Description

Andrew woos a lady. He bids her to steal her father's money for their wedding. She brings the money; he takes her clothes and sends her home naked. Her father refuses to let her in without the gold; she dies. (Her brothers hunt Andrew down.)

Long description

Andrew woos a lady. They have sex. He bids her to steal her father's money for their wedding. She brings the money; he takes her clothes for his own lady and sends her home naked. Her father refuses to let her in without the gold; she dies. (Her brothers hunt Andrew down, break his bones, and leave him to be eaten alive by a wolf.)

Notes

Child refers to similar ballads in Poland. - PJS

Cross references

References

  1. Child 48, "Young Andrew" (1 text)
  2. OBB 59, "Young Andrew" (1 text)
  3. Roud #6740
  4. BI, C048