We are now out of the darkling woods of ancient Snow Whites, and into the glorious light of familiar territory!  I did try to mask a lot of the sadder aspects of Snow White, and I hope I succeeded for the most part.  When I first began, I was overwhelmed by all the evil.  I could not see the good.

And that is exactly what the Enemy wants, isn’t it?  He wants the evil to overwhelm us so that we do not see all the subtle ways God takes care of us.  It’s important to note that all the “subtle” things are what bring victory in the end.

The First Modern Snow White

Now, however we’ve come to my favorite Snow White story – the fairest of them all, so to speak.  “Richilde” was the second story I read after the Grimm’s fairy tale, but it was written about 30 years prior by Johann Karl August Musaus.  Musaus was a professor in Weimar, Thuringia, Germany.  This is important, as the state of Thuringia is right next door to the German state of Hesse.  Hesse is where the Brothers’ Grimm found many variants of the Snow White tale, and where it seemed particularly beloved.[1]

This may mean nothing to you, but it is important in tracing how the story traveled.  As we’ll see, Richilde’s tale – which is rooted in history – traveled to Hesse from Belgium.  It has many of the elements of the Snow White story, yet shows the characters in a human light rather than a fairy tale light.  It makes the story plausible, and certain historical personages got wrapped up into the tale.

I do believe the trappings of the Snow White tale existed before this tale, as all the previous stories attest.  However, I also believe there was an historical personage who was so outrageous for her time that she and her doings got tangled into the tale.

We’ll explore more of this later, of course, after the tale has been told.   I don’t want to say too much right now.  I want you to discover the wonder of it for yourself as we go through it…



[1] Heiner, Sleeping Beauties, 64

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