What Women most Desire

This is a very old tale, sometimes known as The Loathly Lady, sometimes as The Wife of Bath's Tale from Chaucer's version in The Canterbury Tales.

When I told at the 2009 ZauberWort storytelling festival in Nuremberg, a member of the audience took this half-minute video clip of my (rather scurrilous) version of the tale.

Read the Nürnberger Nachrichten review (in German), or an English translation.

Watch a short clip from the tale.

Watch another clip from the same performance: The Old Woman and her Pig.


The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres.
Their intention is just to show the range of my storytelling and give a flavour of a live performance.
Permission is granted for use in non-commercial educational contexts.
The videos are © Richard Martin.
Professionally recorded CDs and DVDs are available here.

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