Freaky Fairytales: Family Kindness In ‘Princess Rosette’

Once upon a time there was a kinder fairytale that has true sibling love instead of sibling betrayal.

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Unlike our previous editions of Freaky Fairytales, Princess Rosette’s story has very little betrayal or any other darkness to it. It was quite refreshing after learning about the darkness that other fairy tales come from. So why am I featuring this uncommon story? Because the kindness within it is something to be shared.

Princess Rosette‘s story gives off both Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty vibes because there are fairies that foretell the future and a tower involved. But the story of Princess Rosette is in a class all its own due to the lack of violence or rather the lack of successful violence towards the Princess.

Old Time Stories, Charles Perrault

Princess Rosette is the youngest of three children, with her oldest brother being called Big Prince and the youngest brother, Little Prince. With the birth of each of her children, the Queen would ask the visiting fairies to tell her of her children’s future and for Big and Little Prince they did. But for the Princess they were reluctant to tell the Queen that they saw the princess being the cause of death for her older brothers.

With this news the Queen is very distraught, and sought the advice of an old hermit living in a tree. Upon his advice, they built and locked their daughter in a high tower where they decided she would live the rest of her days. But unlike other princesses locked in the tower, Princess Rosette’s parents and brothers visited every single day. Until her parents death, and her brothers free her from the tower.

Setting itself aside from other fairytales, Princess Rosette’s tale isn’t one full of violence but of cautionary hope. While her parents had her locked away in a tower, they weren’t cruel. They didn’t hurt her or even abandon her, instead they were actively trying to find a way out of their son’s foretold deaths without hurting her.

Book cover of The Princess Rosette as edited by Hachette, Paris in 1949.
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They did their best to help and care for all their children with the information they had. And her brothers, Rosette’s brothers loved her so much that they brought her down from the tower and when she claimed she would marry the King of Peacocks and no one else, they set out ton find him for her.

Of course the nursemaid tried to drown the Princess but she was unsuccessful and the truth came out in the end, with a happily ever after for everyone. Even the nursemaid and her awful daughter. This freaky fairytale, isn’t truly all that freaky, unless you take into account the lack of violence that is normally present in the original fairytales.

Stay tuned for more freaky fairytales as Halloween approaches and click here for our previous editions.