E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Argentile and Curan.
Argentile was the daughter of King Adelbright, who, on his deathbed, committed her in charge to King Edel. Edel kept her a close prisoner, under hope of getting into his possession her lands and dominion. Curan, the son of a Danske king, in order to woo her, became a kitchen drudge in Edels household, and Edel resolved to marry Argentile to this drudge, but she fled away. Curan now turned shepherd, and fell in love with a neatherds maid, who turned out to be Argentile. The two were married, and Curan claiming his wifes dominions, became King of Northumberland, and put Edel to death. (Percys Reliques.)