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typO969 
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(6/8/07 4:59 pm)


the grimms tales and historical relevance
so i'm curious how many of the grimms' collected tales are actually from historical accounts--obviously not literal.

the only one i know of is "Hans Und Gretzel", which is actually derived from the 'little ice age' period of europe when parents were forced to lead their children to their death because of lack of food. sometimes they would lead their children in the forest and leave them behind unaware, etc.

anyone know any others? or a site with suggestive information?

thanks in advance.

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MaryCatelli
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(6/8/07 6:17 pm)


Re: the grimms tales and historical relevance
Even Hansel and Gretel is less historically based than you think; there are many similar tales in countries that didn't suffer from that particular famine.

There are a great many hypothesized historical connections. Very few hold up in light of the wide-spread nature of the tales.

typO969 
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(6/10/07 4:01 pm)


Re: the grimms tales and historical relevance
even speculation is exceptable--history with an oral past seems to be. ;)
i know what you're saying is true, nonetheless it is interesting stuff to read.

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Van45us
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(7/18/07 10:01 pm)


Re: the grimms tales and historical relevance
You should read this book:

www.amazon.com/Clever-Mai...510&sr=8-4

The dirt on how the Grimm bros. collected their tales and from whom they collected them.

MaryCatelli
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(7/19/07 5:38 pm)


Re: the grimms tales and historical relevance
I've read Clever Maids. It was -- less than impressive.

Van45us
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(7/19/07 9:46 pm)


Re: the grimms tales and historical relevance
Well, they never made any bones about collecting the stories from the locals. I thought Clever Maids put an interesting spin on yet another theory. Then again, as with any agendist, spin is all it might be.

Rosemary Lake
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(7/20/07 12:16 am)


Heidi's review
www.amazon.com/Clever-Mai...510&sr=8-4

Scroll down to Customer Reviews; Heidi gave it quite a favorable one.

Van45us
Registered User
(7/20/07 12:14 pm)


Re: Heidi's review
Thanks! The link didn't work, but I went to the book site and found it. It's a good review.

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