Spinning Gold


By C. Margery Kempe

Publisher : Noble Romance

ABOUT C. Margery Kempe

C. Margery Kempe
C. Margery Kempe is a writer of erotic romance distinguished by its humour, intelligence and fearless sensual pleasures. Her stories range from contemporary thrillers to medieval era fairy tales. An English professor by day, she also writes on medieval literature, film, creative writin More...


How long would it be before the prince discovered Freawine couldn't really spin straw into gold—or that this "peasant girl" was really a boy?

I had an idea to write my own version of the Rumpelstiltskin tale: as a medievalist, my first thought was to choose that setting and then it occurred to me that it would be fun to switch the gender of the "girl" -- and it was!

From Bitten by Books: “Spinning Gold” was an amusing take on the old Rumpelstiltskin tale where a young maiden is doomed to try and spin straw into gold - only this time around, that maiden is actually a man. It was interesting to consider that though Frea was genetically male, he lived his life as a woman and was highly skilled with textiles. The root of his father’s boast were grounded in actual mastery, and yet the drunkard gave no care as to how his behavior would affect his son. The story took on a more sexual bent than the traditional story and yet it seemed almost as innocent. The twists and turns at the end were both surprising and pleasing, if somewhat convenient. I enjoyed reading this.