roslynholcomb said: I don't know if you've mentioned this before, but I'm reading a book by Maria Perry, The Sisters of Henry VIII. In discussing his sister Margaret, who was married to James IV of Scotland she makes reference to a tournament in honor of Margaret having given birth to a son in 1507. At the tournament, the Lady of Honor is "Black Ellen" a Moorish girl who was brought to Edinburgh by one of the king's sea captains and was one of Margaret's attendants. Victors at the tournament were allowed to
[con’t] claim a kiss from her “muckle lips.” Muckle means full. There is even a poem. I can’t find a picture of her, but thought you’d find it interesting, if you didn’t already know about her.
There was more than one tournament. :D The poem kind of sucks ( i know which one you mean, the Houwen, I assume) but the whole affair was ridiculously popular, so they had several more Tournaments of the Black Lady in the Scottish Court.
And the losers of the tournament had to kiss her ass. Ahem, I mean, “to cum behind and kis hir hippes” (Houwen 189).
For more sources on the tournaments, I have some here.