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The story of Scheherazade

Long time ago,there was a bad king in Persia (no, not the Shah of Iran!) He would marry a new virgin every day and have her beheaded the next morning.It is speculated that followed an episode of betrayal by a woman in the past. Scheherazade was a very special woman, very beautiful, smart, well-read and well-bred and daughter of one of the King's advisors. Scheherazade offered to spend one night with the King. She charmed and excited the king and distracted his natural passion by telling him a story during the long night. According to the English translation of Alfu lela ulela (1001 nights) : "The King lay awake and listened with awe as Scheherazade told her first story. The night whiled away, and Scheherazade stopped in the middle of the story. The King asked her to finish, but Scheherazade said there was not time, as dawn was breaking. So, the King spared her life for one day to finish the story the next night. So the next night, Scheherazade finished the story, and then began a second, even more exciting tale which she again stopped halfway through, at dawn. So the King again spared her life for one day to finish the second story. And so the King kept Scheherazade alive day by day, as he eagerly anticipated the finishing of last night's story. At the end of one thousand and one nights, and one thousand stories, Scheherazade told the King that she had no more tales to tell him. During these one thousand and one nights, the King had fallen in love with Scheherazade, and had three sons with her. So, having been made a wiser and kinder man by Scheherazade and her tales, he spared her life, and made her his Queen."

Here is a depiction of Scheherazade

The so-called Arabian Nights Tales include such classics as "Sinbad, the Sailor" , "Aladdin and his Magic Lamp" , "Alibaba and the Forty Thieves" and numerous other tales of adventure and romance. The best musical rendition of Sceherezade is by Rimsky-Korsakov