|The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
Penguin Trade paperback cover
||Sleeping Beauty Trilogy
||E. P. Dutton/Plume, New York, NY, U.S.A.
||1 March 1983
||ISBN 0452266564 (1983 hardcover and trade paper editions)
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983), Beauty's Punishment (1984), and Beauty's Release (1985) are erotic novels by Anne Rice writing under the pseudonym of A. N. Roquelaure. The trilogy was a bestseller, outearning Interview with the Vampire.
They are lengthy erotic BDSM novels, set in a medieval fantasy world. The story begins with the prince's kiss in the fairy tale of Sleeping Beauty. The novels contain both maledom and femdom scenarios, as well as vivid imageries of bisexuality, ephebophilia and pony play.
In 1994, the abridged versions of the books were originally sold in cassette form. Claiming was read by Amy Brenneman, Punishment was read by Elizabeth Montgomery and Michael Diamond, and Release was read by Elizabeth Montgomery with Christian Keiber.
An abridged version of the books were read as an audio recording (compact disc) by Genviere Bevier and Winthrop Eliot.
 Plot summary
Beauty is awakened from her hundred-year sleep by the Prince, not with a simple kiss, but with a deflowering, initiating her into a Satyricon-like world of sexual adventures. After stripping her naked he takes her to his kingdom, ruled by his mother, the Queen, where Beauty is trained as a slave and a plaything. The rest of the naked slaves, dozens of them, in the Queen's palace are princes and princesses sent by their royal parents from the surrounding kingdoms as tributes. In this palace they spend several years learning to become obedient and submissive sexual property, accepting being spanked, being publicly displayed, crawling around on their hands and knees, servicing their masters and mistresses, until they return to their own lands "being enhanced in wisdom."
In the palace Beauty meets another slave, Prince Alexi, with whom she copulates passionately. After that he tells her the long adventurous journey he had in the palace. Alexi previously had been a stubborn prince who fought back all the attempts to break him, until the Queen sent him to the kitchen to get him tortured by crude kitchen servants. The punishment Alexi received there was so savage and merciless he began to lose his senses and, after some particularly humiliating training at the hands of a strong stable boy, Alexi became a totally surrendered slave, playing various sexual games at the Queen's commands.
The moral of Alexi's story notwithstanding, Beauty fails to become an obedient plaything, and the book closes with her being sentenced to brutal slavery in the neighboring village along with other failed slaves.
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