Historical Romance medieval happily ever after (maybe)

Inge and the King

By K. V. Johansen
Aug 12, 2019 · 4,838 words · 18 minutes

Photo by Raphael Rychetsky via Unsplash.

From the author: I'm not sure why I chose this ballad to retell for my collection, way back in the nineties - no magic, no shapeshifting, no humorous twist. Just a straight love story, not my kind of thing, really. At least she picks her own man?! Reading it over, I find the king amusing, at any rate. However, the women of my novels, even my children's books, would give Inge very different advice on how to get her lands back. Edged weapons would no doubt be involved.

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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