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Fanfic / The Rose and the Crown

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Cinderella weds her handsome prince and takes her place as a princess. But enemies circle around her, unable to bear the prospect of a maid upon the throne. And the false friends and flatterers who fill her ears with their poison might be even worse. Can Cinderella rise above those who think her foolish and insipid to win the hearts of an uncertain nation?

The Rose and the Crown is a Cinderella fanfic by Scipio Smith, detailing Cinderella's life as a princess following her marriage to Prince Eugene of Armorique.


It was originally posted as Sunset in a Gilded Frame but that fic was cancelled and rebooted after the author wasn't satisfied with it.

This fanfiction series contains examples of:

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    Tropes That Apply to Both 

    Tropes That Apply to Sunset in a Gilded Frame 
  • Boom, Headshot!: Eleanor takes care of Kilpatrick with one of these.
  • Break the Cutie: The unexpected demands of her new royal status are doing this to Cinderella. Kilpatrick's 'wooing' takes the cake.
  • Dead Fic: The story was cancelled.
  • Heroic Fire Rescue: Etienne rescues Cinderella from a burning stable
  • More Expendable Than You: Etienne punches Eugene to prevent him rushing into a burning stable to save Cinderella, before rushing in himself, because of this trope
  • Pinball Protagonist: Cinderella spends most of the fic being acted on by others
  • Politically Active Princess: Princess Eleanor of Anjou, who acts as her country's ambassador during their war with the Holy Roman Empire
  • Put on a Bus: the street orphans, apart from Jean and Angelique, disappear soon after their introduction; this is why they were adapted out of the reboot.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Wolfe Kilpatrick, who pursues Cinderella in spite of the fact that she makes clear that she can't stand him.

    Tropes That Apply to The Rose and the Crown 
  • Adapted Out: Wolfe Kilpatrick has yet to appear; ditto for the street orphans, apart from Jean and Angelique
  • Anti-Villain: Princess Frederica of Normandie, who doesn't really want to hurt Cinderella but is being forced to terrorise her by her father.
  • Back from the Dead: The witches bring Katherine back as part of a plan to get Eugene and Cinderella's daughters.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Serena and Grace, who pretend to be Cinderella's friends and confidantes all the while plotting against her.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Theodora attempts to dominate Cinderella through threats and abuse the way her Wicked Stepmother had done; surprisingly this works less well against a princess than a powerless child or servant girl.
  • Continuity Reboot: The story is a rewrite of the original story.
  • Damsel in Distress: Cinderella is largely incapable of saving herself from physical jeopardy, and relies on Jean to save her life from various attempts on her life.
  • Declaration of Protection: Jean gives one to Cinderella after foiling the second attempt on her life.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: In Chapter 24 of "The Realm's Delight", Cinderella says she doesn't hate the King. She fears him. He doesn't see a difference.
  • Evil Is Petty: Frederica's father, the King of Normandie, decides to have Cinderella killed to punish her for 'beating' his daughter. It's made clear that this isn't a case of If I Can't Have You… but an act of pure spite.
  • Flowers of Romance: Lucien gives Cinderella a bouquet of thirteen roses, indicating a secret admirer (the colours of the individual roses vary, but all have some romantic connotation). Despite the jaw-dropping lack of subtlety, Cinderella remains oblivious to his crush on her.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: The Gerard brothers, Lucien is the foolish one and Etienne is the responsible one.
  • Good Stepmother: Cinderella decides to be one to Eugene's illegitimate son.
  • Impoverished Patrician: The Gerard family.
  • Insecure Love Interest: Cinderella has been turned into this by her abusive upbringing.
  • Maternal Death? Blame the Child!: It turns out Katherine was brought back to life by the witches and, in turn, she must bring them Phlippe. When asked how she can do that to her own son, she describes him as her murderer.
  • Mistaken for Cheating: Some of Cinderella's behaviour towards Lucien (in particular him giving him large amounts of money) allow her to be plausibly accused of having an affair with him while Eugene is away.
  • My Beloved Smother: Madame Gerard is this to her daughter, Marinette, and to a lesser extent her elder son Etienne.
  • Parental Favouritism: Madame Gerard coddles the feckless Lucien, while continually expressing disappointment in the hard-working Etienne.
  • Taking the Heat: Etienne allows people to think he sired a bastard son so people won't find out Eugene is the father.