Riding on the nucleus, or Who was the real prototype of the most famous fairy liar

• Riding on the nucleus, or Who was the real prototype of the most famous fairy liar

He pursued the eight-legged hare, pulled himself out of the swamp hair flew the cannonball. It is, of course, about the famous inventor and dreamer Baron Munchausen. Surely at least once, everyone has heard the stories of his adventures. But as you know, in every fairy tale has some truth, but in the literary hero - a real prototype.

Riding on the nucleus, or Who was the real prototype of the most famous fairy liar Riding on the nucleus, or Who was the real prototype of the most famous fairy liar

Karl-Friedrich-Jerome Munchausen.

During the reign of Anna Ivanovna in Russia comes Anton Ulrich of Brunswick, who subsequently became the husband of Anna Leopoldovna. So, during the Russian-Turkish war in 1737 at the fortress of Ochakov Anton Ulrich loses its pages and writes itself of the new Prussia, among them is 17-year-old Karl-Friedrich-Jerome Munchausen. From this moment the life of Baron began in Russia, which he later recounted to all comers, to put it mildly, "embellishing" the real facts.

Riding on the nucleus, or Who was the real prototype of the most famous fairy liar

The monument to Baron Munchausen in Kaliningrad.

In one of his stories of Munchausen mentions Pate enormous size, which was presented to the Empress's table. He was so great that he could walk along the food man reading while laudatory odes. Nationals of the narrator, who knew nothing of Russia, could not believe those stories. But knowing what feasts were held at the court of Peter I, and then Anna Ivanovna, with a huge pie, "stuffed" jesters, the surprising miracle Pate is no longer necessary.

Riding on the nucleus, or Who was the real prototype of the most famous fairy liar

The monument to Baron Munchausen.

Another tales of Baron Munchausen that he rode with the Empress in a sleigh-sized dance floor, of course, no one believed. But when Princess Augusta Federica Sophia of Anhalt-Tserbstkaya directed from Prussia to Russia, she stopped in Riga, where she met Karl Friedrich Hieronymus von Munchausen headed cuirassier guard. It was winter, so we can even assume that the Baron could go in the same sleigh with a girl who later became the Russian Empress Catherine II.

Riding on the nucleus, or Who was the real prototype of the most famous fairy liar

The monument to Baron Munchausen.

In 1752, Baron Munchausen returned to his homeland, where is famed for its incredible stories about life in Russia. First, students become his friends, and then to everyone. Among them was the writer Rudolf Erich Raspe, who published the stories of Baron Munchausen in the newspaper. At first stories were published anonymously and called fables. Munchausen himself resented such a definition of their stories, t. To. He assured them that they were the real truth.

Riding on the nucleus, or Who was the real prototype of the most famous fairy liar

Oleg Yankovsky - the most favorite "Soviet Munchausen."

Whatever it was, but for more than 250 years, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen make the reader laugh, and based on the stories by Rudolf Erich Raspe shot many films, some of whom are famous films of Soviet production, "That Munchhausen".