Princess Claudia has reached the age when she must begin seeing suitors. But why? She already has an enviable life. So lovely that her father, the king, insists that she wear a veil, she has a young guard to protect her, a tree house to live in, a moat to swim in—warmed by the breath of a sea serpent, and her work as a talented weaver of tapestries based on history and mythology.
Her first suitor is a knight in shining armor who rescues a damsel in distress but fails spectacularly to perform the assigned task: to bring Claudia a veil that doesn’t flap over her face when she swims. The second suitor, learned and pompous, plans to perform surgery that will give her gills. Both of these men vanish when they swim too close to the sea serpent that lives outside the moat. The third suitor, Otto, is a wealthy swan that the king plays golf with. Finding Otto repulsive, Claudia at last succeeds in making her own choices and finding her own path.
Sixteen footnotes, most of them funny, explain the historical and literary allusions that figure in Claudia’s tapestry bikinis.
Although Princess Claudia claims to be a “cautionary tale for young women in love”, it is intended to delight readers of both sexes and all ages. The tales of Sir Percival and the Holy Grail, Cupid and Psyche, and Persephone and Hades, retold with humor in three appendices, will appeal to those who enjoy mythology.