Baron Münchhausen

Military Officer, Noble person

1720 – 1797

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Who was Baron Münchhausen?

Hieronymus Carl Friedrich Baron von Münchhausen was a German nobleman and a famous recounter of tall tales. He joined the Russian military and took part in two campaigns against the Ottoman Turks. Upon returning home, Münchhausen is said to have told a number of outrageously farfetched stories about his adventures.

Münchhausen's reputation as a storyteller has been exaggerated by writers, giving birth to a fully fictionalized literary character usually called simply Baron Munchausen.

Münchausen syndrome and the Münchhausen trilemma are named after him.

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Born
May 11, 1720
Bodenwerder
Also known as
  • Baron Munchhausen
  • Hieronymus Carl Friedrich von Münchhausen
Parents
Spouses
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Lived in
  • Hanover
Died
Feb 22, 1797
Bodenwerder

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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