For Richer or Poorer
Here's a story that will really make you think about what's most important in life.
The wives who lived within the walls of the Weinsberg Castle in
Germany were well aware of the riches it held: gold, sliver, jewels, and
wealth beyond belief.
Then the day came in 1141 A. D. when all their treasure was
threatened. And enemy army had surrounded the castle and demanded the
fortress, the fortune, and the lives of the men within. There was
nothing to do but surrender.
Although the conquering commander had set a condition for the safe
release of all the women and children, the wives of Weinsberg refused to
leave without having one of their own conditions met, as well. They
demanded that they be allowed to fill their arms with as many
possessions as they could carry out with them. Knowing that the women
couldn't possibly make a dent in the massive fortune, their request was
When the castle gates opened, the army outside was brought to tears. Each woman had carried out her husband.
The wives of Weinsberg, indeed, were well aware of the riches the castle held.
Presumably around 1000, the Weibertreu Castle was established on a mountain at the trade route running from Heilbronn to Schwäbisch Hall. In 1140 the castle was besieged by Konrad III in the course of the struggles between the Staufers and the Welfs. Finally it had to surrender on December 21, 1140, since the army of Welf VI to release the castle had been defeated by the Staufers in a battle. According to the report of the Chronica regia Coloniensis,
the women of the castle were granted free departure and allowed to take
what they could carry on their backs. They carried down their men, and
so saved their lives, since the king adhered to his word. The women
became known as treue Weiber ("loyal women"). The castle (today's ruin) is called Weibertreu due to this occurrence.
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Reverend Albert Kang
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