The Twelve Dancing Princesses

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The Twelve Dancing Princesses

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1empress8411
Muokkaaja: tammikuu 27, 2014, 2:58 pm

The Twelve Dancing Princesses is a favorite fairy tale. So far, I've read the following retellings:

Entwined by Heather Dixon
The Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier

Does anyone know of any others?

2bookstopshere
tammikuu 27, 2014, 6:52 pm


Jeanette Winterson varies and adds to this tale in Sexing the Cherry, in which the old soldier is a prince with 11 brothers, each of which marries a sister except the youngest, who escapes before her wedding to the prince.

It was retold in literature as Walter de la Mare's Told Again and Tales Told Again and in Robin McKinley's The Door in the Hedge.

Patricia A. McKillip wrote an adaptation for the anthology A Wolf at the Door. It has a few variations, the most significant being that the princes who the princesses were spending their nights dancing with were actually dead, and planning to take the princesses away from the mortal world forever the night after the soldier reveals what the princesses were doing.

Wikipedia knows more

3justjukka
tammikuu 28, 2014, 12:24 pm

Juliet Marillier also wrote Daughter of the Forest, a retelling of The Six Swans.

4empress8411
tammikuu 31, 2014, 2:58 pm

Thank you! I actually own two of those books (The McKinley and the McKillip). I will hunt down the Walter de la Mare and the Winterson.