Choreographed by Sue Lewis to Medieval dance music against a backdrop of an old German folk tale, that goes like this:
At Weinsberg, in Würtemberg, are still shown on the summit of a hill the ruins of a castle, which is also known by the name of "Weibertreue," or "Woman's Faith." During the Guelph and Ghibelline wars the castle was in 1140 besieged by the Emperor Conrad III., who, in his exasperation at the protracted resistance made by the garrison, vowed to put all the men to the sword, but promised to spare the lives of the women, with the engagement, moreover, that each should be permitted to carry out along with her choicest treasure.
“There was once a city, whose name I have forgotten, that was captured after a long seige. Now the lord who had captured the city was so angry that he gave only the women freedom to leave, carrying whatever they wanted, after which he intended to burn the city with everything in it. The good women were beside themselves with sorrow that their husbands and children were to be burned alive. Therefore they took counsel with one another and decided that each woman would take her husband and children onto her back and carry them outside the city.
They did just that; each woman took her husband onto her back and her children under her arms and carried them outside the city.
Now the chronicle tells us that when the conquering lord saw this, tears came to his eyes, and he spared the lives of everyone and set the city free as well”