The hero of a mediæval French nursery legend, who, leaving home, enjoined his young wife not to open a certain room in his castle. She entered it, and found the murdered bodies of his former wives. -- Also used adjectively of a subject which it is forbidden to investigate.
( Bluebeard): n. [Folklore] A fairy-tale character who marries and then murders one wife after another.
Title character of Trakl's posthumous fragmentary puppet play. The earliest record of this fairy tale figure, who murdered his wife and is frequently adapted in literature and music, reaches back to sixth century France.back To the initials of the items