This story is The Simpleton from
THE GREY FAIRY BOOK Edited by Andrew Lang
Moscione, who isn’t very bright according to his father, is sent out into the world to seek his fortune. He meets many men along the way and convinces them to join him. They all have special powers, so Moscione thinks they might be useful. They end up in the kingdom of Flower Vale. The King has promised the hand of the princess to any man who can beat her in a foot race. She is very fast, and so far everyone who has tried has lost their head. Can Moscione and his little band win the heart of the princess?
This fairy tale is Rated G. No real moral, but nobody gets killed, just some usual treachery.
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