The Maid of Brakel

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The Maid of Brakel is a German fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm in Grimms' Fairy Tales, tale number 115.[1]

It is Aarne-Thompson type 1476A, Praying to the Statue's Mother.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

A chapel held a statue of Saint Anne and the Virgin Mary as a child. An unmarried woman prayed to Saint Anne that she might wed a man. A clerk, who heard her, said she would not have him. The woman took it to be the child Mary and scolded her, because she was talking to her mother.

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Saint Anne was the patron saint of unmarried women, particularly because of the legend that she had been married three times.

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