"King Copethua's beggar-maid"

King Cophetua and the Beggar Maid
Public DomainKing Cophetua and the Beggar Maid - Credit: Edward Burne-Jones
The medieval romance of King Copethua and the beggar maid, Penelophon, tells of how the king one day chanced to glance upon the young beggar maid and fell in love at first sight. The king demanded that the maid be brought before him, vowing that she would be his wife or he would end his life. Penelophon met the king and agreed to wed him; she was soon transformed into a proper queen.