Before the Brothers Grimm, there was Percinette, told in 1698 by Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de la Force, a strong-willed and fiercely independent woman who was banished to a convent after displeasing Louis XIV. Locked away in a cloister, much like Rapunzel is in her tower, Charlotte-Rose was among the first writers to pen a collection of literary fairy tales and one of the world’s first historical novelists. Her stories were among the first literary fairy tales to be published, and many attribute her with beginning the historical fiction genre.
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