Humor Historical Romance fairy tale medieval Humour Happily ever after?

Bold Ellensborg

By K. V. Johansen
Aug 12, 2019 · 4,234 words · 16 minutes

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From the author: Another humorous fairy tale based on a ballad from medieval Denmark. Bold Ellensborg, fed up with her beloved's failure to return from a trip to the Holy Land, crews a ship with her maidens and sets sail to fetch him home.


A Little Foreword ...

These forays into the art of the literary fairy tale were originally published by Thistledown Press in 1998 as The Serpent Bride and Other Stories From Medieval Danish Ballads. They were inspired by the ballad collections and translations of Axel Olrik, E.M. Smith-Dampier, and R.C. Alexander Prior, all of which ultimately owe their existence to the work of Svend Grundtvig. They’re quite different from my usual writing for adults: light, romantic, and influenced far more...

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