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Munchausen – the difference between live and literature
- In the 18th century there was a Baron. His name was Hieronymus Carl Friedrich von Munchausen (1720 – 1797). He was an officer during the war between Russia and Turkey in the 1730ies. Afterwards he lived as a gentleman on his estates in Bodenwerder near Hameln on the Weser. He became fameous as adventurer telling strange stories.
- In 1785 there was a book, entitled “Baron Munchausen’s Narrative of his Marvellous Travels”. The preface says, that the Baron Munchausen was telling these stories. But he did not exactly these. This Baron is fiction.
- These two barons are the same and they are not the same.
- No doubt Rudolf Erich Raspe was born in spring of 1736, not in 1737 as it is mentioned in nearly all libraries of the world.