The story of "Beauty and the Beast" was probably based on the tragic life of Petrus Gonsalvus.

 There are theories that Snow White is based on one of two real women: Margaretha von Waldeck or Maria Sophia Margaretha Catherina von Erthal.

 While the Pied Piper may not have been real, scholars generally agree that something in the German town of Hamelin happened that may have inspired the tale.

 "Frozen" is loosely based on the Hans Christian Andersen story of "The Snow Queen," and Elsa's icy powers can be traced back to Swedish opera singer Jenny Lind.

 The story of "Rapunzel" is based on the tragic life of Saint Barbara, who is thought to have lived in the third century.

 Little Jack Horner, who stars in a nursery rhyme, was a real steward to the Abbot of Glastonbury in the 1500s.