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Stavoren (at Zuydersea) Stavoren (at Zuydersea)

Stavoren (at Zuydersea)
A strange story is still told about the city of Stavoren on the Zuydersea. It was a wondrous town, but like Vineta on the Baltic Sea it vanished from the earth. The merchants of Stavoren were the rulers of the Ocean, and the treasures of all known countries were lying in their port. The houses were lovely palaces, furnished in their interior like the marvellous abodes of the Sultan Haroun Al Rachid, in the "Arabian Nights." Of all the wealthy people of the town, there was nobody so much blessed with riches as Richberta, a proud and beautiful lady. Smiling fortune... Short Stories - Post by : William_Gibson - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 783

Lohengrin (at Cleve) Lohengrin (at Cleve)

Lohengrin (at Cleve)
The weathercock on the ancient stronghold at Cleve is a swan, and in olden times the dynasty that ruled over the lovely country round Cleve had also a swan in their crest. A legend, tragic and beautiful, preserved to posterity forever in Richard Wagner's lovely opera, is connected with it,--the legend of Lohengrin. Long centuries ago deep sorrow brooded over the walls of the castle at Cleve. Its mistress, the Duchess Elsa, was in great distress. Her beloved husband had died, and his remains had been brought to their last resting-place. As soon as the tomb had closed over them, one... Short Stories - Post by : highonamt - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 2447

Siegfried (in Xanten) Siegfried (in Xanten)

Siegfried (in Xanten)
Siegfried,--and as we pronounce this glorious name, the hero looks forth at us with shining eyes, for was not Siegfried the perfect embodiment of all that was beautiful and good? For centuries stories have been told and poems have been sung of the bold adventures of the young hero, whose energy only found satisfaction in victorious fights. The original name of the small town on the lower Rhine now called Xanten, was "Ad Santos," "peace for the saints." It was thus named on account of the pious warriors of the Theban legion who in the fourth century had boldly died there... Short Stories - Post by : cheapblank.com - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 3609

The Cathedral-builder Of Cologne The Cathedral-builder Of Cologne

The Cathedral-builder Of Cologne
It was at Cologne in the year 1248 on the eve of the Ascension day of our Lord. Before the mighty Archbishop Kunrad of Hochstaden stood a simple architect offering the plan of a church, and arrogantly boasting that it would become one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Christendom. That man was Master Gerhard of Ryle. The Archbishop was greatly astonished at the grandeur of the design, and ordered the execution of the bold plan without delay. On the square which was selected for the erection of the new cathedral, another church had once been standing under the reign of... Short Stories - Post by : webstuff2u03 - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 1225

Jan And Griet (at Cologne) Jan And Griet (at Cologne)

Jan And Griet (at Cologne)
"There lived at Cologne on the old farm of Kümpchenshof a peasant who had a maid called Griet and a man-servant called Jan." Thus begins the old well-known Rhenish song of "Jan van Werth," the celebrated general of the imperial cavalry at the time when the Swedes and French were taking advantage of the civil war in Germany. But nobody except the inhabitants of the holy City of Cologne, knows that Jan van Werth was originally a simple labourer, and that he was indebted for his luck in life to his bad luck in love. Jan was an industrious farmer-boy with... Short Stories - Post by : wizard - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 1827

The Goblins (at Cologne) The Goblins (at Cologne)

The Goblins (at Cologne)
This story goes back to the "good old times" of which we modern people always speak with a sigh of regret. It was then when good-natured goblins appeared to mortal eyes, and tried to render the life of the troubled human race a little more cheerful. In groves and dens they had magnificent dwellings and watched there over the enormous mineral treasures of the earth. Often these beneficent elves were busy miners or sometimes clever artisans. We all know that they manufactured the precious trinkets and arms of the Nibelungen treasure. Deep in the interior of the earth they lived happily... Short Stories - Post by : Valenti - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 2538

Richmodis Of Aducht (at Cologne) Richmodis Of Aducht (at Cologne)

Richmodis Of Aducht (at Cologne)
It was about the middle of the fifteenth century. The shadows of death hovered above the holy City of Cologne. A strange figure in dark garments hurried with quick steps through the streets and lanes. It was the plague. Its poisonous breath penetrated into cottages and palaces, extinguishing the lives of many thousands. The grave-diggers marked innumerable houses with a black cross, to warn the passers-by that the destroying angel had entered there. The roll of the dead rose to such numbers that it was impossible to bury them all in the customary manner. Therefore the bodies of the unfortunate people... Short Stories - Post by : badbobrst - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 2747

The Roman Ghosts (at Bonn) The Roman Ghosts (at Bonn)

The Roman Ghosts (at Bonn)
Before the gates of the old Roman town of Bonn rises a mountain of moderate height, called Kreuzberg, or "Crossmountain." In early mediaeval times pious pilgrims went to this sacred place, in order to kneel on the holy steps of the old convent church so rich in memories of the martyrs, or to pray in the chapel. On the same spot at the beginning of the fourth century, the great saints of the Theban legion, Cassius, and his companions Florentius and Melusius, died for the Christian faith. These martyrs were the guardian saints of the country round Bonn. Many a prayer... Short Stories - Post by : limit - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 3254

Lord Erich's Pledge (at Bonn) Lord Erich's Pledge (at Bonn)

Lord Erich's Pledge (at Bonn)
On the Klochterhof at Friesdorf near Bonn, a nobleman once lived, who was well known in the whole Rhine valley as a great tippler. Once Lord Erich had indulged with great relish in the noble sport of the chase in the forest that surrounded the neighbouring town of Godesberg. The day was hot, the chase unsuccessful and rather tedious for him, as he was more than usually tormented by a mighty thirst. The sun had set and his last golden rays were glittering on the waves of the Rhine, when Lord Erich shouldered his blunderbuss and turned homeward with a small... Short Stories - Post by : codebluenj - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 2749

The High Cross At Godesberg The High Cross At Godesberg

The High Cross At Godesberg
If you walk on the high road between Bonn and Godesberg which is not far distant, you perceive on the left side, shimmering white amid the green woodland, a high pillar crowned with a cross known as the "High Cross." It is a pleasing sight to him who passes by on a bright day; but in the twilight its glaring white contrasting so sharply with the dark back ground, makes a dismal impression on him, which is still more enhanced by the legend told about it. The story leads us back to the time when instead of the grey ruins, a... Short Stories - Post by : David_Neale - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 1241

The Nightingale Valley At Honnef (siebengebirge) The Nightingale Valley At Honnef (siebengebirge)

The Nightingale Valley At Honnef (siebengebirge)
Honnef is one of the most lovely little spots on the earth, nestling sweetly at the foot of the old Drachenfels. The mountain protects it from the icy winds of the north, and the breezes blow gently in the valley, which may be called the German Nice. When the setting sun reminds the wanderer on the Drachenfels of coming darkness, and he strolls down through the valley of Honnef, the songs of numerous nightingales sound in his ears. This has been the meeting-place of these songsters for many a long year, and there is an old legend which gives us the... Short Stories - Post by : johnmd - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 2705

The Origin Of The Seven Mountains (siebengebirge) The Origin Of The Seven Mountains (siebengebirge)

The Origin Of The Seven Mountains (siebengebirge)
In olden times the Rhine flowed into a deep mighty lake above the town of Königswinter. Those who then lived near the Eifel Mountains or on the heights of the Westerwald, were in constant fear of these swelling waters which often overflowed, causing great destruction in the country. They began to consider that some great saviour was necessary, and sent a messenger into the country of the Giants, begging some of them to come down and bore through the mountain, which prevented the waters from flowing onward. They would receive valuable presents as a recompense. So one day seven giants arrived... Short Stories - Post by : Shamir_Rele - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 3046

The Monk Of Heisterbach (siebengebirge) The Monk Of Heisterbach (siebengebirge)

The Monk Of Heisterbach (siebengebirge)
In olden times in a lovely valley near the Seven Mountains, stood a cloister called Heisterbach. Even now parts of the walls of this old monastery remain, and it was not by the hand of time, but by the barbarism of foolish warfare, that its halls fell into ruins. The monks were driven away, the abbey was pulled down, and the stones were used for the building of a fortress. Since that time, so the country folk relate, the spirits of the banished monks wander nightly among the ruins, raising mute accusations against their persecutors and the destroyers of their cells.... Short Stories - Post by : webtracker - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 3278

The Drachenfels (siebengebirge) The Drachenfels (siebengebirge)

The Drachenfels (siebengebirge)
I. When the wanderer has left the "city of the Muses," Bonn, he perceives to the left the mighty summits of the Seven Mountains. The rocky point of one of these hills is still crowned by the tower and walls of an old knight's Castle. A most touching legend is related of the mountain with the terrible name. In the first centuries after the birth of the world's Redeemer, the Germans on the left side of the Rhine accepted willingly the doctrines of the Cross; Maternus, a disciple of the great Apostle, had brought them over from Gaul. At first the... Short Stories - Post by : chipper - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 1598

Knight Roland (rolandseck Castle) Knight Roland (rolandseck Castle)

Knight Roland (rolandseck Castle)
I. The Emperor Charlemagne was surrounded by a circle of proud knights, the flower of whom was Count Roland of Angers, nephew of the King of the Franks. The name of no knight was so famous in battle and in tournaments as his. Helpless innocency adored him, his friends admired, and his enemies esteemed him. His chivalrous spirit had no love for the luxuries of life, and scorning to remain inactive at the emperor's court, he went to his imperial uncle, begging leave to go and travel in those countries of the mighty kingdom of the Franks, which up to that... Short Stories - Post by : unknown - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 815

The Ring Of Fastrada (aachen) The Ring Of Fastrada (aachen)

The Ring Of Fastrada (aachen)
This story too leads us back to the time of the great Emperor Charles, whose life has come down to us with a halo of glory. Charlemagne's favourite residence was Aix-la-Chapelle, but he also held court in Helvetia. His imperial stronghold stood on the shores of the Lake of Zürich. In its neighbourhood there was a high pillar which the emperor had erected to mark the place where Felix and Regula had died as martyrs for the Christian faith. A small bell was attached to this monument, which everybody in distress and want might ring if they wanted relief. As often... Short Stories - Post by : marvinko - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 1837

The Building Of The Minster (aachen) The Building Of The Minster (aachen)

The Building Of The Minster (aachen)
As Charlemagne, the mighty ruler of the Franks, rode one day from his stronghold at Aix-la-Chapelle into the surrounding forest, his horse is said to have suddenly trodden upon a spring. On touching the water, the animal drew its foot back neighing loudly as if in great pain. The rider's curiosity was aroused. He alighted, and dipping his hand into the spring, found to his surprise that the water was very hot. Thus Charlemagne, as the legend records, discovered the hot spring which was to become the salvation of many thousands of ill and infirm people. The pious emperor recognised in... Short Stories - Post by : Paddy - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 1949

The Arrow At Prum (eifel) The Arrow At Prum (eifel)

The Arrow At Prum (eifel)
The Arrow at Prüm It was in the little town of Prüm many a long year ago that Lothaire, the degenerate son of St. Louis, did penance for his sins. In the church belonging to the town there are two very ancient pictures; one of them represents a knight standing on a huge rock, shooting an arrow, while his wife and retinue are looking devoutedly towards heaven; the other represents a priest at an altar to whom an angel is bringing an arrow. Who is the knight? Who is the holy man? The knight is Nithard, noble lord of Guise, who... Short Stories - Post by : MartyNicholas - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 1096

The Minstrel Of Neuenahr (valley Of The Ahr) The Minstrel Of Neuenahr (valley Of The Ahr)

The Minstrel Of Neuenahr (valley Of The Ahr)
I. He was called Ronald, this tall handsome man, with blue eyes and fair hair; he had a noble bearing and was a master of song. The knight at the Castle of Neuenahr had made a great feast, and Ronald was sitting on the drawbridge playing his harp and singing. The guests stopped their noisy conversation within doors and knights as well as noble ladies listened breathless to the unseen singer. The proud lord of the castle bade his page bring the traveller in. Thus the tall handsome man, the blue eyed, fair-haired stranger with the noble bearing, appeared before the... Short Stories - Post by : trav_c - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 3196

The Last Knight Of Altenahr (valley Of The Ahr) The Last Knight Of Altenahr (valley Of The Ahr)

The Last Knight Of Altenahr (valley Of The Ahr)
Only a few mouldering ruins now show where one of the proudest strongholds of the Rhine country, Castle Altenahr, once stood. A legend relates the mournful story of the last of the race which had lived there for centuries. This man was a very stubborn knight, and he would not bow down to or even acknowledge the all-powerful archbishop, whom His Majesty the Emperor had sent into the Rhine country as protector of the church. Unfortunately the bishop was also of a proud and unyielding character, and he nursed resentment in his heart against this spurner of his authority. It was... Short Stories - Post by : haristan - Date : November 2011 - Author : Wilhelm Ruland - Read : 2168