I fell into a fairy tale rabbit hole of princesses that become knights, and I'm realizing that a lot of the fairy stories that make it through Europe actually come from Chinese legends.
Like, Cinderella is a descendant of the Ye Xian tale, and then the Italian and French literary fairy tales about princesses becoming knights, disguising themselves as men follow the same story beats as the Hua Mulan legend. It's fun.
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