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If one thinks of Mölln, one thinks of Till Eugenspiegel. The most famous fool figure of the 14th century. On the old market place near St. Nicolai a bronze sculpture is dedicated to him.According to tradition, Till Eulenspiegel was born in 1300 in Kneitlingen am Elm and baptized in the neighboring village of Ampleben in the castle chapel of his godfather, Till von Uetze. The baptism is said to have been performed by the Abbot Arnold Pfaffenmeyer (or Arnold Papenmeyer) of the Aegidienklosters. According to Götzinger it was said in the folk book to its origin: "In the forest called Melme, in the country zuo Saxony, in the village Knetlingen, there Ulnspiegel was geborn, and his father's name was Claus Ulnspiegel and his mother Ann Witcken."Eulenspiegel did not roam around as a proven fool; in fact, he was superior to his fellow human beings in intellectual power, clarity and wit. Eulenspiegel's pranks were usually the result of taking literally a pictorial idiom. He used this literal take as a means to expose the inadequacies of his fellow man and to vent his anger over grievances of his time.He died after the rhymed Middle Low German inscription on the memorial stone from the mid-14th century in 1350 in Mölln.More at Wiki:
August 23, 2017
The classic and the landmark of Mölln.
Probably no one likes it when his weaknesses, faults and vanities are held up in a mirror, much less by a fool. Till Eulenspiegel knew no mercy and in particular the decayed conditions of the late medieval society, he denounced. Complacent citizens as well as the corrupt nobility but also the church were unmasked by him. The myth of Till Eulenspiegel and his numerous pranks has lasted for several hundred years, although evidence of its very existence is hard to come by. From 1510 comes the oldest edition of the Eulenspiegelbuches the customs writer and writer Hermann Bote.
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October 16, 2018
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