Many years ago, in a distant land, lived a king and his beautiful queen… ”: thus begins Sleeping Beauty, a fantastic and romantic fairy tale that has accompanied us since our childhood, right? Wrong!
Forget everything you think you know about Aurora’s beautiful story: the true fairy tale has nothing to do with the real story or should we say the worst horror story.
The Sun, Moon, and Talia version of Giambattista Basile’s Pentamerone (1634), the first that can be defined as a fairy tale in the strict sense, contains direct references to defloration, rape, marital fidelity, and other themes suitable for the public of adult aristocrats to which the Giuglianese writer addressed.
In the real version of the story the cursed princes get raped, the prince is married, and his beloved wife kills Aurora.