The tales of nineteenth-century Spanish writer Antonio de Trueba (1819–1889) often gave written form to the oral tradition in Spain. Among these is “El rey en busca de novia”—translated here as “The King Searches for a Bride.” A number of his tales are versions of stories found in the collection of the Brothers Grimm, including this one, which is a parallel to their “Spindle, Shuttle, and Needle” (ATU 585). Despite notable differences between the Grimms’ and Trueba’s versions of the tale, they are similar in their depiction of the materially poor maiden who is rich in virtue, humility, and skill.
Fedorchek, Robert M.. "The King Searches for a Bride." Marvels & Tales 23.1 (2009). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol23/iss1/10>.