Castles feature prominently in fairy tales. Just think of the residences of Beauty’s beast, Cinderella’s Prince, the jealous queen in Snow White and Sleeping Beauty’s resting place. The Castle Neuschwanstein in Germany (left) was the inspiration for Disney’s Magic Kingdom.
There are two contrasting castles in Ten Fingers Touching. One belongs to the royal family and the other to an evil knight.
Medieval castles were typically built on high ground. They were designed for protection, military operations and served as symbols of power for the nobility. Castles eventually became obsolete as defensive structures in time of war (16th c.), when gunpowder allowed cannons to blow through stone walls.
While castles in the Middle Ages were damp, dark and drafty, today they are popular places to visit. Castle tours and romantic castle hotels are available throughout Europe.
Speaking of traveling, I am thrilled that the Fairytale Traveler just published a glowing review of Ten Fingers Touching and declared it her “good read” pick of the month. Click here to read.