“Quite Content Damsel”

No knights, please.

Definition/Summary:

Content

  • State of peaceful happiness
  • All needs are met

The damsel-in-distress, persecuted maiden, or princess in jeopardy

  • Classic theme used and widely adapted in later tales
  • Tales of a princess being saved from solitude or threat of a dragon

Folklore and storytelling

  • Usually involves a beautiful or innocent young woman, placed in a dire predicament by a villain or monster, and who requires a male hero to achieve her rescue
  • After rescuing her, the hero often obtains her hand in marriage
  • Traced back to the knight-errant of Medieval songs and tales, who regarded protection of women as an essential part of their chivalric code which includes a notion of honour and nobility

Expanded info:

  • Though she is usually human, she can also be of any other species, including fictional or folkloric species; and even divine figures such as an angel, spirit, or deity.

Add/Misc:

The word “damsel” derives from the French demoiselle, meaning “young lady”