Michael Rosen explores the meaning behind the tale of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Author Michael Rosen explores the meaning behind one of Germany's greatest fairy tales, The Pied Piper of Hamelin. From February 2005.
It's the most famous tale of child abduction in the World.
Broadcaster and children's poet Michael Rosen explores the truth behind the legend of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and discovers why a mediaeval story about the loss of a town's children has had such a powerful resonance through the centuries.
Also, how a 16th century 'cover up' sought to introduce a red herring to the tale in the form of rats.