In England, however, the English Queen Consort (a queen married to a ruling husband) can become the Queen Regnant (a queen ruling in her own right) if her husband dies and there are no other male relatives in line to inherit the throne.
Likewise, in French Salic Law, if the queen remarries after the king dies, any children she has from the new husband cannot claim the throne.
Fanciful though the story might seem, the account has led ancient and modern scholars to infer that he was not a professionally trained rhapsode, or he would have been presented with a lyre instead.
It might seem unusual that Hesiod's father migrated from Asia Minor westwards to mainland Greece, the opposite direction to most colonial movements at the time, and Hesiod himself gives no explanation for it.
Later sagas show signs of being influenced by continental literature--particularly French tales of chivalry and knighthood.
For modern readers, the appearance of these traits often seems to sit uneasily with the surrounding material.
Unlike Giraldus, Yeatss Kusta ben Luka is based upon an actual historical figure, apparently offered as appropriate for his purposes by Sir Edward Denison Ross.
Yeats seems to have fixed upon an Arabian setting within a month or so of the Automatic Scripts start (see the Judwalis), and had gone to see the distinguished Orientalist in London in December 1917. would be an impropriety, so I forgive him Kusta ben Luki, & accept his version of the name (FPS 86).
Qusta ibn Luqa (820-912 CE) was particularly renowned as a translator into Arabic of Syriac and Greek texts, appropriate to Yeatss placing his ideas as suggesting some remote Syriac origin (AV A xix) or derived like the work of Gyraldus itself from a lost Syriac original (YVP 4 17).
The former poem says that his father came from Cyme in Aeolis (on the coast of Asia Minor, a little south of the island Lesbos) and crossed the sea to settle at a hamlet, near Thespiae in Boeotia, named Ascra, "a cursed place, cruel in winter, hard in summer, never pleasant" (Works 640).
Hesiod's patrimony there, a small piece of ground at the foot of Mount Helicon, occasioned lawsuits with his brother Perses, who seems, at first, to have cheated him of his rightful share thanks to corrupt authorities or "kings" but later became impoverished and ended up scrounging from the thrifty poet (Works 35, 396.).
Unlike his father, Hesiod was averse to sea travel, but he once crossed the narrow strait between the Greek mainland and Euboea to participate in funeral celebrations for one Athamas of Chalcis, and there won a tripod in a singing competition.
He also describes a meeting between himself and the Muses on Mount Helicon, where he had been pasturing sheep when the goddesses presented him with a laurel staff, a symbol of poetic authority (Theogony 22–35).