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The Queen of the Fays & Other Marvelous Tales

edited, introduced & adapted by Brian Stableford

Short Stories

This volume includes three tales by Catherine Bernard (1662-1712), one of the originators of contes de fées, that deliberately subvert not merely their narrative strategy, but also their entire mythology; two enigmatic allegories of French history as seen through the prism of faerie by Jean de Préchac (1647-1720); four stories by François Fénelon (1651-1715), and The Illustrious Fays, a collection of tales by Chevalier de Mailly (1657-1724), which shows how the contes de fées quickly became suited to very different narrative purposes.

The variety embraced by these stories is a striking illustration of the versatility of a format that seemed, at first, to be rather narrow. If some of stories seem more stereotyped and less ambitious, the spectrum they display is not lacking in color and variety, and the more flamboyant of them make significant additions to the imagery assembled by the core writers of the original school.

Stories by Catherine Bernard:
Inès de Cordova
The Rose-Bush Prince
Riquet with the Crest
Stories by Jean de Préchac:
The Queen of the Fays
Stories by François Fénelon:
The Story of Rosimond and Braminte
The Story of Florise
The Story of King Alfaroute and Clariphile
The Story of an Old Queen and a Young Peasant Girl
The Illustrious Fays by the Chevalier de Mailly:
The Magician King
Prince Roger
Prince Guerini
The Queen of the Isle of Flowers
The Favorite of the Fays
Beneficent, or, Quiribirini
The Princess Crowned by the Fays
The Unfortunate Fraud
The Inaccessible Island
Stories from Nouveaux contes de fées (1718):
The Little Green Frog
The Flying Ship
Prince Perinet; or, The Origin of Pagodas
Rose-Red, White and Black
Aphinge; or, The Green Monkey
The Satin Physician
The Rainbow Prince

Cover by Mike Hoffman

Published by Black Coat Press in December 2018
ISBN: 978-1-61227-814-8

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