4. Legend of Saint Barbara (Santa Barbara): Barbara was daughter of Dioscorus, affluent pagan, living in area of today's Turkey. He locked his daughter to protect her from outside world and she secretly became Christian. That was illegal and when Dioscorus found out he dragged Barbara to Martinianus, prefect of province.
After torturing she was condemned to death and her own father decapitated her! Through whole process several miracles occurred: Barbara's wounds healed with amazing speed, her prison was lighted with mysterious light, her traitor turned into stone and her father died of lightning only few hours after he killed her.
5. Rudaba from Persia was also locked in a castle, she had long hair too and she didn't follow her father's rules. She escaped with Zal, who was raised by a mythical creature with magical powers. Rudaba and Zal married in spite of opposition of their parents (they were of different origins and religious beliefs) and she almost died giving birth to their son.
Luckily Zal saved her life with magic feather given by his protector. As in legend of Santa Barbara there were also magical healing and fire involved.
6. We will never now the truth behind legend of Santa Barbara or myth of Rudaba but we know some reliable facts about Madame de la Force. She was French aristocrat, novelist and poet in 18th century. She converted to catholic religion because this simple act gave her a life time rent. She had numerous lovers and finally married much younger man.
Her husband's family disapproved the marriage and convinced the king to revoke the marriage and send Madame de la Force into nunnery. There she wrote several fairy tales and novels, including Persinette, based on her life story and with the same elements as Santa Barbara an Rudaba. Name Persinette comes from parsley (French persille), very popular herb from the nunnery's garden.