Tannhauser

German - A knight at the court of the German king. He fell under the spell of the goddess Holda (as Frau Venus) and, for a year, indulged in all the sensual pleasures she offered. Finally sickened, he returned to the king's court at Wartburg where he was rejected by the other knights, so he sought absolution in Rome only to be told that he had as much chance of a pardon as his wooden staff had of producing flowers. While he was away, Elizabeth, the king's daughter, who loved him, died of grief. He intended to return to Holda's cave but learned just in time that the staff had produced almond blossoms and he was pardoned after all. He died with his beloved Elizabeth. Also known as Tannhauser, Knight of Song, Knight of Song or Tannhauser.
German - An opera by Wagner. In some lore, occasionally identified as Tannhauser, Knight of Song, Knight of Song or Tannhauser.

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