I always feel it's necessary to include an Author's Note, even on shorter stories, because it gives me the opportunity to talk to readers directly. First of all, thanks to everyone who read and reviewed! It always means a lot to me to see people enjoying and critiquing my writing.
I don't know the exact history on the Rapunzel legend, so I decided to create my own. There are several versions of it. Most of them disagree only very slightly. There's no reason for setting it explicitly in 9th century Saxony, except that I try to be as historically accurate as I can be. Most "Prince Charming" figures are hard to come by, because most princes are accounted for in Medieval Europe. Charlemagne, who's referred to as King and Emperor (sometimes together, sometimes separately) married a few times and had a whole litter of children, so I figured one more prince couldn't hurt.
His whole life, the great Chuck tried to Christianize his realm, which stretched from modern-day France to Germany and even upper Italy, which was known at the time as Lombardy. But many Saxons weren't really Christian, so I felt it was no harm to set it there of all places.
Wotan is the Germanic version of the Anglo-Saxon Woden, which is a version of the Norse Odin. He's associated with magic and ravens.
Lastly, I felt this piece sort of evolved as a feminist allegory. Of course, some might not agree with me; that's reader discretion and opinion. But I'd like to think I included some rather modern facets of feminism in a tale that could have easily warped into any old fairy tale about men saving women. I think men are very capable of saving women, just as the opposite is true. And, most importantly, I hope readers understand that the best saving you can do is the saving of yourself.
Before this note turns into a novel itself, thanks again for reading! I really appreciate the feedback I got.