The plot and characters in this slovenly, good-natured medieval romance tend to get lost from time to time in a downpour of ""Hell's Teeth!""s or ""God's Head!""s, but the central affaire de coeur anent Lord ""Red"" Adam and the Lady Julitta is dearly familiar. Julitta, with a lineage of fine linen and a life of hard cheese, is assaulted by a drunken Adam, who mistakes the orphaned niece of his neighbor for a common wench. Julitta clobbers him i' the pate wi' a stool and, once sober, an admiring Adam demands her for his bride. For awhile it seems that Julitta is to be tamed like a shrew, but Adam is a paradigm of noble civility and the marriage is not consummated until the lady's willing -- which she is, after witnessing Adam's generosity, intelligence and his way with noxious kin, rascals and Scots as well as with the chip on her own shoulder. Middle-age-d.