The Red King and the Witch: Gypsy Folk and Fairy Tales

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The Red King and the Witch: Gypsy Folk and Fairy Tales
First US edition
Author Ruth Manning-Sanders
Illustrator Victor Ambrus
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Fairy Tales
Publisher OUP (UK) Roy (US)
Publication date
1964 (UK) 1965 (US)
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 175 pp.

The Red King and the Witch: Gypsy Folk and Fairy Tales is a 1965 anthology of 25 tales that have been collected and retold by Ruth Manning-Sanders. It is one in a long series of such anthologies by Manning-Sanders.

This book was first published in the United Kingdom in 1964, by Oxford University Press.

Table of contents[edit]

  • Brian and the Fox
  • The Deluded Dragon
  • The Hen That Laid Diamond Eggs
  • Bald Pate
  • Jankyn and the Witch
  • Sylvester
  • The Red King and the Witch
  • The Old Soldier and the Mischief
  • The Riddle
  • It All Comes To Light
  • Jack and His Golden Snuff-Box
  • The Brigands and the Miller's Daughter
  • The Little Bull-Calf
  • The Little Fox
  • Tropsyn
  • The Tinker and His Wife
  • The Little Nobleman
  • The Snake
  • The Tale of a Foolish Brother and of a Wonderful Bush
  • The Black Dog of the Wild Forest
  • The Dragon and the Stepmother
  • The Dog and the Maiden
  • An Old King and His Three Sons of England
  • The Three Princesses and the Unclean Spirit
  • Happy Boz'll


In the book, it is stated: "For permission to retell two of the stories in this book, The Little Bull-Calf and The Little Fox, the author wishes to acknowledge her indebtedness to The Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society, and to the late Dr. John Sampson through his Literary Executor, Miss D.E. Yates, Litt.D."