The Queen's Mirror: Fairy Tales by German Women, 1780-1900

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The Giants’ Forest
1801

FOR TEN YEARS King John had wished for a son who would maintain the glory of his throne and solidify his reign, but all his wishes and hopes were for naught. The otherwise so beautiful, clever, and virtuous Mathilde, his beloved consort, remained barren. Each day the royal couple grew unhappier; each evening found the fair lady in tears. To make their suffering even more exquisite, the king received news that his brother’s wife had given birth to a son. From that hour on, all peace left the royal castle. The king treated Mathilde, the loveliest of her sex, harshly, and his accusations tore her heart more every day, until she finally determined to make a pilgrimage to Palestine and to try with her splendid sacrifices and contrite prayers to touch the heart of the Holy Virgin. She had hardly revealed her plan to her husband when he joyfully gave his approval and arranged for all her necessities in the most splendid way imaginable. She was given a large, magnificent retinue and regal gifts, and thus she departed after a few weeks, richly outfitted with her old husband’s best blessings.

After her long year’s journey she arrived in Loreto happily and without incident. Already during the first days of her stay her beauty and modesty won each and every heart, and the sly priests, before they noticed her costly gifts, singled her out of the crowd of gathered pilgrims and supported her pious prayers with all their might.

It was her custom to spend the first hours in the morning, before any other pilgrim awakened, in front of the image of the acclaimed Virgin. There she poured out her heart in sighs and tears, and there it was that the Blessed Virgin softly promised to hear her supplication. After having that vision, Mathilde spent one hour in the evenings in the lonely chapel. At the end of her pilgrimage, she parted sadly from a young cleric who had accompanied her for her morning and evening devotionals. With full certainty that her petition had been heard, Mathilde returned home.

On the return trip, Mathilde became certain that her prayer had been

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • European Women Writers Series ii
  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction - The Historical Context of German Women’s Fairy Tales 1
  • Prologue - The Ghost Lady 1853 11
  • Catherine II, Empress of Russia (Known as Catherine the Great) 1729–1796 15
  • The Tale of Fewei 1784 17
  • Ludovica Brentano Jordis 1787–1854 27
  • The Lion and the Frog 1792/1793; 1814 29
  • Benedikte Naubert 1756–1819 33
  • Boadicea and Velleda 1795 35
  • Sophie Tieck Bernhardi Von Knorring 1755–1833 75
  • Sophie Tieck the Old Man in the Cave 1800 77
  • Anonymous 89
  • Anonymous the Giants’ Forest 1801 91
  • Karoline Von Günderrode 1780–1806 103
  • Temora 1804 105
  • Bettina Von Arnim 1785–1859 111
  • The Queen’s Son 1808 113
  • Amalie Von Helwig 1776–1831 117
  • The Symbols 1814 119
  • Anna Von Haxthausen 1801–1877 127
  • The Rescued Princess 1818 129
  • Karoline Stahl 1776–1837 133
  • The Godmothers 1818 135
  • Amalie Schoppe 1791–1858 141
  • The Kind and Diligent Housewife 1828 143
  • Agnes Franz 1794–1843 165
  • Princess Rosalieb a Fairy Tale 1841 167
  • Fanny Lewald 1811–1889 183
  • A Modern Fairy Tale 1841 185
  • Louise Dittmar 1807–1884 195
  • Tale of the Monkeys 1845 197
  • Sophie Von Baudissin 1813–1894 201
  • The Doll Institute 1849 203
  • Gisela Von Arnim 1827–1889 207
  • The Nasty Little Pea Ca. 1845 209
  • About the Hamster Ca. 1853 211
  • Marie Von Olfers 1826–1924 215
  • Little Princess 1862 217
  • Marie Timme 1830–1895 225
  • The King’s Child 1867 227
  • Elisabeth Ebeling 1828–1905 241
  • Black and White a Fairy Tale 1869 243
  • Hedwig Dohm 1833–1919 259
  • The Fragrance of Flowers 1870 261
  • Marie, Freifrau Von Ebner-Eschenbach 1830–1916 271
  • The Princess of Banalia 1872 273
  • Henriette Kühne-Harkort 1822–1894 299
  • Snow White Freely Adapted from the Grimms 1877 301
  • Elisabeth of Rumania 1843–1916 325
  • Furnica, or the Queen of the Ants 1883 327
  • Anonymous 335
  • The Red Flower 1893 337
  • Ricarda Huch 1864–1947 351
  • Pack of Lies 1896 353
  • Epilogue- Wedding Day 1853 359
  • Afterword from the Cradle to the Grave Reading These Tales 361
  • Bibliography 369
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