The Real-Life Couple That Inspired Beauty and the Beast
It’s a tale as old as time – or, at least as old as the 1500s. But the real couple that inspired Beauty and the Beast lived a tragic life. The real life Beauty and the Beast were Catherine and Petrus Gonsalvus, and they were treated like freaks of nature by Europe’s kings and queens.
Although the tale of Petrus and Catherine Gonsalvus isn’t the single inspiration of the tale – it has much deeper folkloric roots than that – its optics match those of the fictional couple.