In British folk tales, the figure of Mr. Fox, often also called Reynardine, appears as a clever manipulator, seducing young and beautiful women to kill them in his castle. [

Reynard the Fox

is a literary cycle of medieval allegorical Dutch, English, French and German fables, reaching from the twelfth century, throughout the middle ages, into the early modern period (cf. Parlevliet 2008).] The fairy tale of “Mr. Fox” is closely interlinked with a variety of other tales which tell – in essence – the very same story, among them The Brothers Grimm’s “The Robber Bridegroom” (tale number 40, Aarne-Thompson type 955) or “Fitcher’s Bird” (also known as “Fowler’s Fowl”; tale number 46; Aarne-Thompson type 311), and Charles Perrault’s “Bluebeard” legend, first…

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Citation: Leetsch, Jennifer. "Mr Fox". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 September 2019 [, accessed 15 July 2024.]

35618 Mr Fox 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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