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In his battle against Godard and Godrich, Havelok exhibits courage and a sense of avenging justice.
Like the biblical King Saul, he stands out in a crowd: he has a royal bearing that separates him from the ordinary. 13 Nancy Mason Bradbury, "The Traditional Origins of 90 (1993), pp. Indeed, the legend persisted in oral traditions into the seventeenth century, "when Gervase Holles recorded some variant versions of the tale from the townspeople of Grimsby" (p. 14 Piero Boitani, (New York: Rinehart & Winston, 1966) links the male Cinderella motif to the desires of the poem's humble audience (p. For a comprehensive discussion of male Cinderellas, see Eve Salisbury, "(Re)dressing Cinderella," in opens with the unfortunate childhood of the English princess Goldeboru, Havelok's future wife, orphaned when her father, the good King Athelwold dies, leaving her inadvertently in the hands of a wicked foster parent and protector, Godrich.Then, in a manner reminiscent of fairy tales, Grim fakes the child's death and then takes his whole family along with the boy to England, where Havelok grows into a young man who earns his bread first as a fisherman and then as a porter.His disguise is akin to that of Sir Gareth, who serves as a "kitchen knave" in Malory's for a heaven-sent sign, or a frame for clothing from every social stratum, his bodily strength is remarked on consistently throughout his story.He gains the respect of Lincoln locals by winning popular wrestling and stone-throwing contests.
The Hero's Body In we have another romance hero whose very body is central to the narrative.