Sunday, February 1, 2015

Documentaries & Co: "Hessens größte Adelsfamilien" by HR

Due to me being kind of MIA lately and not being able to a) visit castles or exhibitions to write about and b) not being able to dig up the time and leisure to write about all the other places I did indeed visit during the past year, I thought I'd introduce a new feature to the blog called Documentaries & Co to keep us somehow going. At hopefully not too large intervals, I will post documentaries or otherwise interesting videos I enjoyed watching. Not all of them will be about castles per se but will all deal with the subject of royal- and nobility in some way.


First up is a 90-minute documentary entitled "Hessens größte Adelsfamilien" - literally meaning Hesse's biggest noble families though actually meaning most important families - featuring a lot of families ranging from untitled nobility with a simple von or zu in their name to some of the formerly reigning houses. I know that the documentary is in German and this blog's language is in English. However, if you have a simple grasp of the language or simply enjoy looking at old castles, this one is for you. (You won't believe how many documentaries I have watched in languages I did not understand, just because I was interested in what was shown...)

The families featured include (in order of appeance):
  • Boyneburgk
  • Schwertzell zu Willingshausen
  • Baumbach
  • Gilsa
  • Matuschka-Greiffenclau
  • Wambolt von Umstadt
  • Trott zu Solz
  • Schenck zu Schweinsberg
  • Dörnberg
  • Berlepsch
  • Riedesel zu Eisenbach
  • Brentano
  • Savigny
  • Opel
  • Kühlmann von Stumm-Ramholz
  • Solms (-Hohensolms-Lich/-Laubach/-Braunfels)
  • Ysenburg-Büdingen
  • Isenburg
  • Erbach (-Schönburg/-Fürstenau/-Erbach)
  • Waldeck und Pyrmont
  • Nassau (-Dillenburg/-Weilburg)
  • Hesse (-Kassel/-Darmstadt)

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