Catherine conformed to general contemporary ideals of beauty, which praised women who had “moistness of complexion; and [are] tender, small, pliant and fair of disposition of body.” Contrary to the still-repeated tradition that she was “small, plump and vivacious,” the few surviving specifics about Catherine’s appearance describe her as short and slender. A former courtier subsequently described her as “flourishing in youth, with beauty fresh and pure.”
Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII
- Gareth Russell
When the baby girl is born, the enchantress takes the
child to raise as her own, and names the baby Rapunzel. Rapunzel grows
up to be the most beautiful child in the world with long golden hair.
When Rapunzel reaches her twelfth year, the enchantress shuts her away
in a tower in the middle of the woods, with neither stairs nor a door,
and only one room and one window. When the witch visits Rapunzel, she
stands beneath the tower and calls out: “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down
your hair, so that I may climb the golden stair”.Upon hearing these
words, Rapunzel would wrap her long, fair hair around a hook beside the
window, dropping it down to the enchantress, who would then climb up the
hair to Rapunzel’s tower room.