“Mirror, mirror on the wall, who in this land is fairest of all?”

Children’s fiction can open up new perspectives for adults. Black swan events, exercising (or failing to exercise) the zero trust principle, risks and opportunities are all there.

Investigating the facts is the next pleasure. In 1994, Eckhard Sander claimed that the character of Snow White was based on the life of Margaretha von Waldeck, a German countess born in 1533. At the age of 16, Margaretha was forced by her stepmother, Katharina of Hatzfeld, to move away to Brussels. There, Margaretha fell in love with a prince who would later become Philip II of Spain. 

Graham Anderson compares the story of Snow White to the Roman legend of Chione, recorded in Ovid's Metamorphoses. The name Chione means "snow" in Greek and, in the story, she is described as the most beautiful woman in the land, so beautiful that the gods Apollo and Hermes both fell in love with her. 

For Snow White, the death of her real mother and the arrival of a stepmother is a disaster. Snow White is forced to leave home, but she discovers who she is, and moves along the path to self-discovery and resilience. This is a story about development set in motion by the arrival of evil. Does it look familiar?


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