The Origin of Fairy Tales by K J Rollinson

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Jack & The Beanstalk

Fairy tales have been told as bedtime stories by generations of parents, but the tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood may be even older, dating back thousands of years.

The Telegraph, dated 5th September 2009, stated that popular fairy tales and folk stories are more ancient than was previously thought, according to research by biologists. Contrary to the view that the tale originated in France shortly before Charles Perrault produced the first written version in the 17th century; variants shared a common ancestor dating back more than 2,600 years.

And in the ‘Writing Magazine’ this month, there is an article, headed ‘Researchers dig deep for fairy tale history’. It says ‘Beauty and the Beast’ can be traced back thousands of years, and not just to the 16th and 17th century as originally thought. The article includes that ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ was rooted in a group of stories classified…

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