| La Belle et la Bête is a traditional fairy tale written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in 1740.
Some authors and experts have suggested that the story of Beauty and the Beast could be influenced by a true story. It would be the story of Petrus Gonsalvus, who was born in the sixteenth century on the island of Tenerife, Spain and was brought to the court of King Henry II of France. Petrus suffered hypertrichosis, causing an abnormal growth of hair on his face and other parts. In Paris, he was welcomed under the protection of the king and married a beautiful Parisian woman named Catherine.