A whole world of brave princes and evil witches has come to light with the discovery of 500 new fairytales. The stories had been locked away in an archive in Regensburg, Germany for over 150 years. The tales are part of a collection of myths, legends and fairytales, gathered in the mid 1800s by the local historian Franz Xaver von Schönwerth. He was working in Bavaria at about the same time as the Grimm brothers were collecting their famous fairytales.
Von Schönwerth spent decades putting down on paper what had only been passed on by word of mouth. In 1885, Jacob Grimm said this about him: “Nowhere in the whole of Germany is anyone collecting [folklore] so accurately, thoroughly and with such a sensitive ear.”
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