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People/Characters: King Estmere

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Works (5)

The English and Scottish Popular Ballads, Volumes 1 through 5 by Francis James Child
Old English Ballads by Francis Barton Gummere
The Oxford Book of Narrative Verse by Iona Opie
Reliques of Ancient English Poetry by Thomas Percy
Selections from the early ballad poetry of England and Scotland by Richard John King

Character description

King Estmere (perhaps meaning King of the East Moor/mere/muir): Fictional character from the poem of the same name, found only in the famous Percy folio manuscript. Bishop Percy however tore out the pages, which have been lost, so we have only the copy of the ballad as Percy rewrote it.
As best we can tell, King Estmere courts the daughter of King Adland and wins her love. But she is to be wed to the King of Spain. Estmere attends the wedding disguided as a harper, kills the Spanish king, and wins the girl for himself.


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