William Makepeace Thackeray

The Rose and The Ring is a satirical work of fantasy fiction by William Makepeace Thackeray, originally published in 1854. It is the tale of a fairy, a king of two kingdoms, their offspring, and an older woman. Set in the fictional countries of Paflagonia and Crim Tartary, it criticizes the attitudes of the British upper class and challenges their ideals of beauty and marriage.

The story revolves around the lives and fortunes of four royal cousins, Princesses Angelica and Rosalba and Princes Bulbo and Giglio. The narrative is filled with humor.