Chris.Graue at benham.com
Wed Dec 15 14:04:03 PST 2004
Wow, that's cool. I thought it was at least inspired by a real person, but I wouldn't have sworn to it. Thanks for the short history lesson, it was very interesting. I've loved the movie since I was much younger... Doesn't seem like that old of a movie, but it MUST be... I'm not that young anymore! It has to be roughly 15 years old, isn't it? I'll have to try to remember to look at it when I get home tonight.
From: OttokarLuther at aol.com
the name Munchausen is an English bastardizing of the German Münchhausen.
Münch is an ancient German family name. hausen means houses, so Münchhausen means Münches houses or if taken by meaning it is where the Münch family lives.
the so called Baron von Munchausen was a fictional character in Baron Munchausen's Narrative of His Marvellous Travels and Campaigns in Russia published in 1785 in England it was written by a English man named Rudolph Erich Raspe (1737-1794). Raspe based his main character on Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen (1720-1797), Raspe had spent some time while traveling Europe at the Freiherr's estate.
The historical figure Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von Münchhausen Born in 1720 in Bodenwerder, Münchhausen served initially as a page to Prince Anton Ulrich von Braunschweig, and later as a cornet, lieutenant and cavalry captain with a Russian regiment in two Turkish wars. Münchhausen was known during his lifetime as an excellent raconteur of anecdotes about war, hunting and travel adventure.
there is a whole bunch more and I could write several pages however since I have gone on way to long already the simple answer is yes
although somewhat small the non Imperial Barony of Münchhausen did exist.
The Baronial seat was in the town of Bodenwerder under the protection of the non imperial Principality of Hanover. apx 40 miles from Hanover
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