[Northkeep] Munchausen

Graue, Chris 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.


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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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