What Women most Desire

A short clip from an old tale of women’s sovereignty

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 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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Permission to tell outlines my views on copyright

For those who are teachers: Telling stories in the classroom: basing language teaching on storytelling