There are famous castles throughout the valley of the river Loire. The Loire area is a UNESCO World Heritage site. See whc.unesco.org/en/list/933.
This is Saumur, one of the several in France and Germany that claim to have inspired Sleeping Beauty. We preferred the smaller castles, privately owned if possible, to the mega-sites. For the roster of castles, see www.castles-france.net/loire-valley/. See also See www.loireholiday.com/saumur
Sleeping Beauty. Folk tales are revised ongoing. Revisionism. The Sleeping Beauty story dates the original at 61 years before the 1697 publishing by Charles Perrault of his Tales of Times Past, soon better known as The Mother Goose Tales. That would be 1636. In 1636, the Sleeping Beauty tale was earlier written down by Giambattista Basile - these tales not original, but retellings of the olds ones passed down.
- Basile's original retelling as retold at the site: This is not for the faint-hearted. Go to home.nycap.rr.com/useless/sleeping_beauty/index.
- Summary: King was told that a flax splinter would destroy his daughter, Talia. King bans flax. Princess gets some anyway. Stuck. Poisoned. Dies (really asleep). Grieving King lays her out, leaves body in castle, departs. Enter Prince. Has his way with the body. Princess has twins, Sun and Moon. Fairies take care. Princess sleeps on. Boy twin happens to suck out splinter. Princess revives. Prince returns. I am Dad! Surprise! Relationship ensues/resumes, whatever. Prince goes back to wife.
- Is she mad when she finds out. Orders that... and this happens... and then that....
Is Walt listening?
Then go back to the original Basile, and the tale there has differences, but is pretty close to the one here. These early tales are analyzed at college levels and beyond - See www.northern.edu/hastingw/talia. Here is more about Basile himself, same site: www.northern.edu/hastingw/basile.
For the full fairy tales, go to www.surlalunefairytales.com/pentamerone/index. Click on story number 29, and you will find Sun, Moon and Talia.
- My own Grimm's Fairy Tales, from about 1910 (have to go look) has Rapunzel also having twins, in the wilderness, and re-meeting a blinded Prince. Why not just give us the real tales? Who is authorized to tidy up reality so they can sell us something else that benefits them? Can kids handle a reasonable degree of complexity? Are we raising little non-thinkers? What is reasonable? Is anybody reasonable? Who decides what they are allowed to see or not?