I remember reading a long time ago about a knight and his wife. It was implied that this was the continuation of many adventures:

After marrying, and with the intention of keeping their love alive like the first day, they both decide to start a journey by land, with a peculiarity: the woman travelled X amount of days ahead of the knight, so she would put herself willingly in a damsel-in-distress situation for the knight to arrive and rescue her.

I've tried to identify this story for so many years with no success, I even searched TV tropes (which I'm not gonna link to not ruin your productivity).

At that time I was reading about Arthurian and Germanic medieval legends, so I tend to associate this story with that context, but my memory could be wrong and this could be a false hint. I'm quite sure that this was not a novel or a movie though.

Can you help me identify this myth/legend/tale?

  • Was this story a modern adaptation? (The take on the damsel-in-distress has the feeling of post-modernism.)
    – DukeZhou
    Mar 23 '17 at 13:52
  • @DukeZhou Not a modern retelling, as far as I know. And yes, it sounds quite (post)modern for its playing with the damsel-in-distress trope, but that's one of the reasons why it caught with me. BTW, that's the only part of the story that I can remember.
    – Rodia
    Mar 23 '17 at 14:04
  • Was it poetry or prose?
    – DukeZhou
    Mar 23 '17 at 14:15
  • @DukeZhou Back then I was reading Mythology in divulgation books, not originals.
    – Rodia
    Mar 23 '17 at 14:22
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    When we find this story, I hope it ends with the wife having to backtrack and rescue her husband because he got ensnared in something ridiculous and she was tired of waiting for him. :) Mar 24 '17 at 10:09

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