Magical Mondays: Tam Lin and Magic as an Oppressive Tool

This is the copy I had.

This is the copy I had.

Not unlike many kids, I was surrounded by fairy tales while I was growing up. While stories of princesses and the people who save them—or don’t save them, in the case of The Paper Bag Princess—took up the majority of the narratives, I was lucky that my mother had a tale that fell out of the norm. The story that would become one of my  favorites, in addition to influencing my ideal of what a female protagonist should be? The Scottish ballad Tam Lin.

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