The 13th-century “Constance” tales.

Thumbnail Image

Persistent link to this item

View Statistics

Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title


The 13th-century “Constance” tales.

Published Date




Thesis or Dissertation


Four texts from the 13th century make up the first attestations of the "Constance" plot, a version of ATU 706 "The Father who Wanted to Marry his Daughter." This dissertation harmonizes a comparative investigation of these tales with an analysis of the cultural milieu of the Middle Ages. The figure of the sexually persecuted and exiled daughter comes to the forefront of popular culture as discourse on repentance centers around the correction of monstrous sins. In the "Constance" tales, the daughter reconciles her repentant father and husband, between whom power is transferred on account of the heroine's suffering. A thematically similar anecdote in the Chronicle of Morea points toward an international motif of an errant daughter benefiting the man she marries against her father's initial wishes.


University of Minnesota Ph.D. dissertation. December 2009. Major: Germanic Studies. Advisor: Anatoly Liberman. 1 computer file (PDF); vi, 189 pages.

Related to




Series/Report Number

Funding information

Isbn identifier

Doi identifier

Previously Published Citation

Suggested citation

Leek, Thomas R.. (2009). The 13th-century “Constance” tales.. Retrieved from the University Digital Conservancy,

Content distributed via the University Digital Conservancy may be subject to additional license and use restrictions applied by the depositor. By using these files, users agree to the Terms of Use. Materials in the UDC may contain content that is disturbing and/or harmful. For more information, please see our statement on harmful content in digital repositories.