Friday, February 11, 2011


The other day I visited the Hohenstaufen Exhibition at Mannheim. Time was too short to see all the interesting exhibits but there was one name, my own, that fascinated me.

King Manfred's coat of arms
Manfred, King of Sicily, and son of Emperor Frederick II. What a consolation! Although he never became German Emperor I finally found an interesting man carrying my name. What else do we have?

I don't have a Saint but just the Blessed Manfred of Rive commemorated on January 28.

There is the famous physisist Manfred von Ardenne who changed his socks from brown to red and still managed to lead a luxurious and happy life.

Manfred, the Symphony in B minor, Op. 58, composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The symphony treats Manfred's incest with his step sister that is not relevant since I do not have a sister.

Remains Manfred von Richthofen, the Prussian junker, racist, arrogant, flying an airplane in the First World War painted in red, a daredevil par excellence. This guy at least was so prominent that he carried several nicknames: The Red Baron, The Red Battle Flyer, Red Devil, Le Diable Rouge, Le petit Rouge, and the Red Knight. He himself used the name The Red Fighter Pilot as title of his memoirs of 1917.

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