Weibertreu - A Different Kind of Fairytale
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The Weibertreu was built in the early 11th century. Literally meaning loyal or faithful wives. It is located in Weinsberg in southern Germany. Weinsberg means vineyard, named so for obvious reasons. Legend has it that once upon a time the village was seized by Konrad III. The villagers went to the castle for protection, where they were captured by Konrad III, who wanted to execute all of the villagers, but had mercy on the women and children. Additionally he told the women that they could take anything they could carry on their backs with them. The women took Konrad by his word, grabbed their husbands and carried them back to town, sparing their lives. Hence they became known as the Loyal Wives.
This is a tale that my grandparents told my sisters and me many times as we were growing up. There is a statue commending the Loyal Wives in front of the local church, Johanneskirche. It is the church where my grandfather was superintendent for many years and where he married my parents.
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