This weekend I was at a renaissance fair surrounded by kings, queens, princes and princesses, royalty, nobility, knights and other swordsmen, and even a elf, fairy and goblin or two. This inspired me to hand-curated a bundle for you with fairy tales.
The first is The Princess And The Jewel Doctor by Robert Hichens. It’s a story written in fairy tale-style about a Russian princess who is afraid of going blind and who, in Tunis, desperately seeks a cure. Notably, Hichens was one of six quartermasters on board the HMS Titanic and was at the ship’s wheel when the Titanic struck the iceberg and sunk on her maiden voyage on April 15th, 1912.
The second piece is a set of fairy stories by George MacDonald, called Cross Purposes and The Shadows. This trio revolves around the fairy queen finding her court too dull and who sets her fairies to find humans for their entertainment. George MacDonald was a Scottish author and poet who was particularly for his poignant fairy tales and fantasy novels, and who inspired many fantasy authors.
Hope you enjoy!
These stories were sourced from Project Gutenberg, the volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works:
The Princess And The Jewel Doctor by Robert Hichens
Cross Purposes and The Shadows by George MacDonald
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