This issue of Scheherezade's Bequest
, with its companion updates from Cabinet des Fées
, is being brought to you live from Deux-Sevrés, a place saturated in folklore and fairy tales. Situated in the Poitou-Charentes
region of France, where the landscape alternates between agricultural patchworks and forested hills, Deux-Sevrés is home to the the 16th-century château d'Oiron, where Charles Perrault based his story "Le Chat Botte" (Puss in Boots). Mêlusine
, a European spirit of springs and rivers, created the city of Parthenay (located in the center of Deux-Sèvres) with a wave of her fairy wand. From the looks of this place, I'd say there are quite a lot of spirits still hard at work around here. The region also hosts the Angoulême Folklore Festival, where performers from all over the world gather to celebrate the traditions of their homelands amidst a bounty of wine and cheese.
It is with a celebratory spirit that we bring you this issue of Scheherezade's Bequest
-- it is our 13th issue after all, and thirteen is a number of some import to fairy tales.Read more...