Staying True to Yourself – Princess Fiona Addition

Author’s Note: My story is based off of Saint Christine. I was inspired by how many of our children’s fairytales are based on really cruel stories (like how in the original Cinderella, her toes were cut off to fit in the shoes). Christine’s story immediately made me think of Fiona in Shrek. Christine was so beautiful that her father locked her in a tower. She wouldn’t sacrifice to pagan gods, and she argued with her earthly father that God was the only Lord. All of the things that happened to Fiona in my story happened to Christine – and more. I really did try to make this story more friendly. They continued to torture Christine brutally after her father’s death, but I didn’t want to write about anymore. The readers will get the gist of her story.

An image of Fiona from the movie Shrek from wikiShrek, found here.

Princess Fiona was locked away her whole life.

How come no suitors ever came to find her, you might ask?? Well, you haven’t met her father.

Everyone knows about the dragon and Shrek. But what we don’t tell the kids is about what really happened to poor Fiona.

Originally, Fiona was the most sought after woman in the land. The men adored her. However, she only had her eyes on one – her God – and the suitors sacrificed to pagan gods. She devoted herself to God, her heavenly father, and did not want to commit herself to any other man who would take that from her.

Her earthly father did not take this idea so well. When he asked her to come down to be courted, she remained in her room.

“Fiona, I’ll give you one chance. Don’t test me on this”, he warned, calling up the stairs.

“I know my values and my place”, replied Fiona.

An image of Saint Christine, “Vies de Saints”, found here.

The king collected himself and went to find his henchmen. Soon later, Fiona heard a knock at the door. The first, biggest henchman that the king had was waiting for her.

“Last chance, princess”, he grinned. Fiona looked him straight in the face and said nothing.

To keep the story brief for the younger eyes reading this, Fiona was taken down to the dungeon and beaten to the point of exhaustion. But not her exhaustion. She was beaten until the gnarliest henchman was so tired that he could not continue.

The king sent a messenger down to ask her to come up and rest so that she may be married off.

She spit on him.

The king sent another henchman to her.. and another… and another. Fiona endured the torment of a dozen of his strongest men.

Afterward, while Fiona was banished into her room, her mother came to visit her.

“Honey, why do you do this? You do not have to believe what those men believe – just play along and act like you do. You will save yourself so much pain”, she begged her only daughter.

“Simply by asking this of me, you do not understand what I believe. My God died for me – he was tortured. I want to honor his sacrifice and show my faith to others. They will know him through me”, she replied.

Again, to spare our readers, we will simply say that Fiona was doused in oil and the king became the fire-breathing, protective dragon of the Shrek stories. Quite literally. However, by the works of a miracle, she was removed from the fire alive and worshipping her God.

“I’VE HAD IT!!” the king raged, red in the face and growing into a true beast of legends. “She is a beast. She is disgusting. Tie a stone around her neck and throw her into the sea,” he demanded to his crew.

Fiona, a true picture of beauty and a warrior, was taken to the ocean while four men had to carry the stone that was tied to her slender neck. A boat took her to her soon-to-be watery grave.

She glanced down to the water, then to heaven, and slowly slipped overboard.

No one truly knows what happened next, for no one actually saw him with their own eyes and lived to tell the tale. But everyone knows who it was. Fiona’s God, Jesus, descended into the water and pulled her out, safely delivering her to the land.

The next morning, the king was found dead in his chambers. The great dragon was slayed.

Bibliography: This story is adapted from the story of Saint Christine from the Myth and Folklore UN-Textbook section “Women Saints”, found here.


  1. This story was very moving. The passion and the pain of the different characters literally bleeds out of the story in a very personal way. The analogies between this story and the Shrek story were not immediately intuitive to me, but I do like the melding of the stories. In addition, the devotion of the princess to her God is a line I did not expect to see in this class or these blogs, but I love it! Overall, this was a really well-written story and and I’m exited to see what else you have to write this semester!

  2. The first thing I noticed as soon as I opened this story was Fiona. I love the movie Shrek so I was excited to read this. I like how you combined these two story lines, it made for a great retelling. You did a fantastic job showing the emotions of each character. You have a great writing style and this story was easy to follow along with. Good job Rachel!

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