A knight must find the answer to the Queen's riddle: What do women desire most in all the world? If he doesn't, then he'll be executed as a rapist and will lose his head on the block. The knight has no choice, then, but to venture far and wide in...
A knight must find the answer to the Queen's riddle: What do women desire most in all the world? If he doesn't, then he'll be executed as a rapist and will lose his head on the block. The knight has no choice, then, but to venture far and wide in his epic quest to keep his head where nature intended it. He traverses the length and breadth of the kingdom, stopping numerous women along the way, young and old, to ask them what it is that women desire most of all.
Unfortunately for the knight he gets several different answers from the women he asks. Some say women want money most of all, others say sex. Still others insist that happiness is the thing, whereas others are equally adamant that it's good looks, remarriage, flattery, or the freedom to do as one pleases.
It's not looking good for the knight as he approaches an ugly old crone, who promises to give him the answer to his question on condition that he pledge himself to her. The knight reluctantly agrees, and the hag accompanies him to the royal court, where she reveals to the assembled throng the answer to the Queen's riddle. What woman want most of all is to be in charge of their husbands and lovers.
To the knight's horror, the old hag then asks her to marry him. He duly obliges, but is far from happy about it. On their wedding night, the knight's new wife asks him whether he'd prefer a wife who was ugly and loyal or pretty and unfaithful. The knight ponders for a while before choosing the first option, whereupon the ugly old crone turns into a beautiful young woman.