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Once upon a time, there lived a princess so beautiful her people named her Fairer-than-the-Fairies. Of course, with a name like that, Fairer was destined for trouble.
When the wicked queen of the fairies hears of Fairer's reputation, she swears to avenge her subjects' pride. She captures the princess and condemns her to complete an impossible task by daybreak on pain of death.
But while Fairer is held prisoner, she meets a fellow captive—another mortal princess—and the rebellious fairy prince. Together, they must complete the wicked queen's tasks and rescue the good queen of the fairies or all is lost.
Read two translations of this lesser-known 1698 French fairy tale, with commentary, and discover a tale featuring the power of friendship and love in its many forms. Come for the princesses and princes, queens and fairies. Enjoy the poetry, ancient history, and mythology. Stay for the friendship, and, perhaps, fall in love.