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Relive one of the most beloved fairy tales of all time in the 1812 Brothers Grimm story Briar Rose. This is the tale of the beautiful sleeping princess who, in this version, is named Briar Rose. Born to beauty and talent, Briar Rose is smiled upon by her three fairy godmothers. An evil fairy, however, angry about being left out of the baby’s christening, casts a dark spell over the lovely child, stating that when she reaches adulthood, she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel’s spindle and die. Although one of the fairy godmothers is able to soften the curse’s power, Briar Rose is still doomed to fall asleep for a hundred years once she encounters the fated spindle. Fall under the spell of this beautiful retelling of an age-old fable of romance and magic.
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Jakob (1785-1863) and Wilhelm (1786-1859) Grimm were born into a comfortable German family, enjoying a genteel rural lifestyle in their earliest years. When their father suddenly died, however, the Grimm children and their mother were forced to leave their home and move into a smaller house in the city. Overcoming their family's hardships, the brothers went on to attend the University of Marlburg, where both studied law. It was during this phase of their lives that the Grimms began a project to amass ancient folk legends and stories of Germany. This singular endeavor would become the Grimms' beloved multi-volume set of Fairy Tales. Having established a solid reputation with these collected tales, both brothers became university professors, pursuing work in the field of linguistics. In addition to their most famous work, the brothers Grimm were also well known in their day for their passionate interest in politics and loyal devotion to the German democratic movement.Back to top
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A king and queen once upon a time reigned in a country a great way off, where there were in those days fairies. Now this king and queen had plenty of money, and plenty of fine clothes to wear, and plenty of good things to eat and drink, and a coach to ride out in every day: but though they had been ...Back to top
Reviewed by pockott on Jan 25, 2010
Interesting points on Briar Rose
Trying to understand the cultural impact of Briar Rose. The fact that the Queen's wish was granted through a fish out of its habitat was also interesting. The fact that Disney has turned Briar Rose into Sleeping Beauty makes the princess seem less of a person than a Barbie doll.
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