One night. the young Griselda had fallen asleep in the arms of her lover
in the castle of Eleanor of Aquitaine where she lived, and on opening her
eyes she found herself in an unfamiliar room. It was a luxurious
place, adorned with silk and precious stones, and beside her lay her husband
smiling benignly at her.
"You are in my house, which belongs to you", said the troubadour.
"You may give orders to my servants and do whatever you please. There
are stables with horses at your disposal, huntsmen and hawks for hunting,
and you may come and go as wish. You are my lady and all that is mine
is yours.There are maidens ready to serve you and to carry out your every
whim, dancers and musicians to entertain you, jewels and silks to adorn
you. If you need anything, tell me and I will give it to you."
"I wish only for the love
of my lord", replied the young woman, bewildered."That is good, my love,
but do not forget your promise".
Griselda, full of happiness, demonstrated her compliance by flinging herself
into arms of her beloved husband. For a while the lady kept her promise
and believed she was in paradise. The troubadour knight, who was
kind and passionate, spent most of his time with his wife. Occasionally
he would disappear into a locked room, and she, faithful to her promise,
did not ask him any questions. However; curiosity gradually got the
better of her. One day she decided to find out the secret of her
knight. She crept up to the door of the forbidden room, which he
had left ajar, and spied through the chink. Horrified she watched
as the troubadour turned into a huge dragon with green scales and powerful
wings. She could not prevent a cry of horror escaping her lips.
The dragon prince wheeled round. and saw his terrified wife in the doorway
Deeply hurt by this betrayal, the knight bade his servants remove Griselda
immediately to the court of Aquitaine, and never again did he return to
The lady could not forget
her beloved, and not a day went by without her recalling the months of
happiness beside the gentle dragon.
Full of repentance and
sadness, she wrote down her adventure; that is how the famous story of
the dragon prince has found its way to us.