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The Hagenheim series by Melanie Dickerson are fairytale retellings set in The Middle Ages. It replaces all of the magical elements in the story with religion because Religion Is Magic.

The books follow two families, the ruling family of Hagenheim castle in the Holy Roman Empire and the le Wyse family in England.

The books in the series are

A Spin-Off series of sorts, a Medieval Fairy Tale Series, also combines two separate stories into one plot.


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This series provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Gerek's father
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Aladdin and Kirstyn
  • Cinderella Circumstances: Gisela, Sophie
  • Crying Wolf: Evangeline has a hard time winning back people's trust when they discover she lied about being mute
  • Damsel out of Distress: Kirstyn manages to escape Michael on her own
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The Healer's Apprentice contains supernatural elements, or at least a strong sense of Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane, with the villain implied to be able to conjure demons, whereas the later books only feature supernatural elements in a directly religious sense.
    • The Healer's Apprentice is mostly an original story that makes passing references to the Sleeping Beauty story, mostly towards the end, starting with the fact that the name does not reference its corresponding fairy tale explicitly like the other books do. The other books tend to be straightforward retellings of the classic fairy tales they're based on.
  • Royal Blood: Evangeline is the granddaughter of one king ad the cousin of another
  • Wicked Stepmother: Gisela and Sophie both have them
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