Petrus and Catherine Gonsalvus

Did Catherine the Beauty Know Petrus the Beast Before They Got Married?

The “characters” from the supposedly real story of Beauty and the Beast (Catherine and Petrus Gonsalvus) are mysterious.

Here’s a big mystery: Did Catherine actually know she was going to marry Petrus Gonsalvus?

It’s portrayed in the Smithsonian documentary’s “The Real Story of Beauty of Beauty and the Beast,” that she had no idea. I believe, however, that she had an inkling. I’m open to the possibility that perhaps they hadn’t talked to each other, but the chances are high that she knew of the Queen and King’s “experiment” to raise the wolf man as a gentleman. Catherine’s father had been a servant in the royal household and so had access to court gossip.

Do you think my theory of Catherine knowing about her husband-to-be is more probable than Catherine being the clueless bride?

Image taken from Joris Hoefnagel’s Animalia Rationalia et Insecta, Plate I. Public Domain.

 Text Copyright (c) by and Sarah Patten

2 thoughts on “Did Catherine the Beauty Know Petrus the Beast Before They Got Married?”

  1. No not at all. It is strange to love someone you would love no matter what, yet they dont think of you but a means to an end. How strange and true and complicated live and marriage is. I know the beast I married. He knows I know.

  2. Oh, I can totally believe they loved each other. I’m just wondering if they knew each other before the day of the wedding:)

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