There was once a king who ruled over a kingdom somewhere in Europe. It was quite small just as all kingdoms were in old times. When the king went up to the roof of his palace and took a look around, he could see his entire kingdom to its very end in all directions. But since the whole of it was the king’s, he was very proud of it. He often wondered how the kingdom would do without him. The king had only one child, a daughter. He wanted her to be married to a man who would be fit to be the king after him, and take care of the kingdom.