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Knorr - not the soup, mind

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959123.  Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:30 am Reply with quote

The world-famous Hebraist/-Kabbalist Christian Knorr von Rosenrot (wonderful name) was actually just called 'Knorr' (K pronounced).
When Knorr became famous, a friend called Von Rosenrot thought that just 'Knorr' was a bit sad, and suggested his surname should be added to Knorr's, to give it a bit more cachet*.
My late auntie, who was well 'into Steiner' and knew A Lot Of Things Obscure, once told me this snippet. Can't ask her for a reliable source anymore, sadly enough.
Wiki doesn't confirm it, but it's a nice story anyway.

* I spotted that, according to some internet entries, he's been elevated to Freiherr, as well. Why not. Delusions of grandeur?

Last edited by 'yorz on Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:25 am; edited 1 time in total

959131.  Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:14 am Reply with quote

At first I thought this was a reference to this classic.

959137.  Fri Dec 28, 2012 12:29 pm Reply with quote

A quick look around suggests that his father was Abraham Knorr von Rosenroth, a pastor, so perhaps it was an inherited name after all.


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