Thomas Crane was an American scholar and writer, mostly known as a collector and publisher of folk-tales and legends. “The crumb in the beard” is a legend, included in the “Italian Popular Tales” collection. The narration is about one king who has a daughter indescribably beautiful, but so capricious that her father is in despair. Many princes and kings have sought her in marriage, but she finds defects in them all and would have none of them. So, the king decides to give a great banquet, to which he invites all the princes and kings of the surrounding countries, for the princess could choose someone who would like her. Who will it be and how will the story end? Read the tale to know. Enjoy the interesting and exciting folk-tales that will make fascinating reading for you and your children!