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In Search of King Arthur
So where does the legend come from? Why has Arthur - the 'once and future king' of the poet Thomas Malory - remained so important to us, and why has he been important in the past? The King Arthur that we know of today is a composite of layers of different legends, written by different authors at different times. READ MORE


Sleeping Maidens -- Goldilocks, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, & the Princess and the Pea
Why do so many fairy tales revolve around sleep? Compared to modern books and media where sleep is almost always overlooked unless someone is dreaming, fairy tales seem to place a heavy emphasis on the state of sleep. Was is because the original authors were exhausted parents whose minds could only focus on their desire for rest? READ MORE


Babes in the Woods -- Little Red Riding Hood & Hansel and Gretel
While no longer relevant to most of us, folklore and mythology are filled with stories that take place in forests due to the more rural structures of communities before true urbanization began. Forests could be places of fear--where you could get lost, attacked by beasts, or trapped by fairies-- or places of magical refuge--for young girls hiding from their evil stepmothers and for talking animals.
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The Little Mermaid
From dangerous sirens who lure sailors to their doom to shapeshifting selkies who must protect their seal skins to feisty mermaids who want to find love on solid ground, mermaids have appeared throughout folktales throughout history under one name or another with stories as varied as the fish in the sea. READ MORE


Cinderella
The story of Cinderella is one we're all familiar with -- a young girl loses her mother, her father remarries, and the girl is mistreated by her new stepmother and stepsisters until somehow magic intervenes. The story has been told and retold throughout history from ancient oral stories like Rhodopis in Egypt and Ye Xian in China to the more traditional versions of the story like Cendrillon ou la petite pantoufle de verre written by Charles Perrault in France in 1697. READ MORE

 

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