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Early Modern Queens and the Intersection of Fairy Tales and Fact

  • Jo Eldridge Carney
Part of the Queenship and Power book series

Abstract

Amid-sixteenth-century tale describes a powerful, conniving queen who sends a scented apple to a rival prince. The prince’s vigilant servant, suspicious of the gift, first feeds a piece of the fruit to his dog. Within moments, the dog drops dead. This time, the queen’s attempt to kill her enemy with a poisoned apple was foiled.

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Fairy Tale Early Modern Period Henry VIII Physical Beauty Tale Type 
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    The works of these scholars comprise an impressive body of fairytale scholarship. Among the many important works are Cristina Bacchilega, Postmodern Fairy Tales: Gender and Narrative Strategies (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997);CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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