by Hester Velmans


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Meet the woman who will inspire the author of the world's most famous story:

Lucinda, a penniless English orphan, is abused and exploited as a cinder-sweep by her aristocratic relatives. On receiving her sole inheritance—a pair of glass-beaded slippers—she runs away to France in pursuit of an officer on whom she has a big crush. She joins the baggage train of Louis XIV’s army, survives a horrific massacre, and eventually finds her way to Paris. There she befriends the man who will some day write the world’s best loved fairy tale, Charles Perrault.

There is much more: a witch hunt, the sorry truth about daydreams, and some truly astonishing revelations, such as the historical facts behind the story of the Emperor's new clothes, and a perfectly reasonable explanation for the compulsion some young women have to kiss frogs.

This is not the fairy tale you remember.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999475607
Publisher: van Horton Books
Publication date: 04/15/2018
Pages: 378
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents




1 Once upon a bed

2 A silver spoon

3 The art of love

4 The ugly Steppys sister

5 The cuckoo in the nest

6 Who’s the fairest

7 The kiss

8 After the ball

9 Potions

10 The wolf

11 Ruin

12 Quicksilver

13 Cindersweep

14 The sleuths

15 William

16 The beaded slippers

17 A proposition

18 A witch

19 The cure and the curse

20 Pluck

21 A tidy catch

22 Wish come true

23 Fond, foolish, wanton

24 Donkey’s skin

25 Rescue me

26 Life’s great secret

27 The (almost) truth

28 Civil liberties

29 The runaways

30 London

31 The quality of mercy


32 The king’s new clothes

33 Love is

34 The march

35 Amends

36 Such tiny feet

37 Of frogs and Englishmen

38 The fen-jade’s feather

39 Dragon’s claw

40 The assault

41 Pot of gold

42 The pumpkin

43 A miscarriage of fate

44 Bodegraven and Zwammerdam

45 The hero

46 Lost


47 A virgin

48 The customer

49 Beauty Asleep

50 Awakening

51 Puss in boots

52 Penelope

53 A carriage

54 Belle of the ball

55 The Labyrinth

56 Patience

57 The face that launched a thousand ships

58 The last laugh

59 The slipper


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