I travel around the kingdom in disguise so I can see what is really going on.

I just learned that in this village a boy has been born with a caul. The villagers believe that such a child is special, and that anything he undertakes will turn out well. They also say that in his fourteenth year, he will have my daughter for his wife.

Over my dead body, he will!

The King Who Doesn’t Like the Prophecy in The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs, Grimms. Drawing by Hans Sebald Beham.

asserting king