photoIt seems that the eminent scholar of an earlier generation, David C. Douglas, saw humor in an incident involving William the Conqueror as king. Writing about “a west-country magnate named Edric the Wild who raised a revolt in Herefordshire, and called to his assistance the Welsh princes, Bleddyn and Riwallon,” he quotes the chronicler Ordericus to the effect that Edric eventually made his submission to the king at Barking.

“Legends, moreover, gathered rapidly about him. Thus after dinner one night he came on the fairies dancing, and fell in love with one of them whom he married. . . The King heard of this and ordered her to be brought to court. A conversation between William the Conqueror and the Queen of the Fairies would have been worth hearing.”

––David C. Douglas, William the Conqueror: The Norman Impact Upon England (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1964), p. 212.

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