Mar 27, 2017
This really is a tale as old as time. This is one of the two original stories that inspired "Beauty and the Beast" as we know it today. The first Beauty and the Beast was written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villenueve, circa 1748. This version, written about 16 years later, was an abridged version of the same, penned by Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont,, who, incidentally to historians, was married to a French spy named Thomas Pinchon.
As we tell this story today, the live action movie Beauty and the Beast is set to premiere, and is expected to garner a number of awards, as has every other version of this story from Disney animation to Broadway. The tale of the “Beast”, the man who appeared more like a wolf than a man, was very likely inspired by the real life of Petrus Gonsolvus, born in 1537 on the Canary island of Tenerife with a rare condition called hypertrichosis, which covered his face and body with hair, making him look half-man, half wolf. He was considered a wild man, and kept in a cage, and treated and fed like an animal, before shipped to King Henry II of France as a gift. The King, realizing that this was a gentle man, took pity on him, freed him, and brought him up in the royal court.
We will tell his incredible story in next week’s 1001 Heroes episode. Twitter: @1001Podcast Facebook.com/1001Heroes Email: email@example.com
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