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Sun, Moon, and Talia, 1634

One of the first incarnations of the Sleeping Beauty story was the Italian literary fairy tale "Sun, Moon, and Talia" ("Sole, Luna, e Talia") by Giambattista Basile in his 1634 collection called The Pentamerone.

But this is no kid-friendly fairy tale. In this version a king has sex with (rapes) the sleeping lord's daughter Talia, and she gives birth to twins, Sun and Moon, while still asleep. After she is awakened by her child sucking the splinter from her finger, which had kept her asleep this whole time, the king's wife, the queen, tries to have Talia's children killed and eaten and Talia burned to death. But the king has the queen burned instead, and then marries Talia.