I am not sure why but this story really peaked
my interest. Maybe it’s the memory of watching the cartoon
as a child or the hope that if this fairy tale is true others could be, this opening
the door to the existence of magical creatures. Creatures that today are known as cryptids,
maybe? In this video let’s take a look at gravestone
of 18th century German aristocrat who suffered at hands of evil stepmother and is believed
to have inspired the fairytale And ask was this the REAL Snow White? Welcome to IF……………………………………………………………………………………….. The story
unfolds with a one Maria Sophia von Erthal whose life mirrors (pun intended) the fairy
tale of snow white. Snow white is probably one of the most famous
stories penned by the brothers Grimm and they knew of Maria and her life and her tragic
story. This history was long forgotten but has once
again be brought to the forefront of people’s minds after the discovery of Maria Sophia
burial plaque. The plague was found by curators of a German
museum and they showed the grave marker along with sharing the story of the 18th-century
German aristocrat who suffered at the hands of an evil stepmother and is believed to have
inspired the fairytale Snow White. The grave stone had been missing since the
church in which Maria was originally laid to rest was demolished in 1804. Fortunately for the museum the marker was
found in a Bavarian house and the family who found chose to donate to the museum of Diocesan. The museum quickly capitalized on the popularity
of the stories from the brother Grimm and displayed the marker along the real life tale
that inspired a story of an evil step mother, dwarves and the hero prince charming. The director of the museum Holger Kempkens,
told of how the Grimm’s must have been inspired from hearing stories about Von Erthal, which
they then reworked in to ‘the nucleus’ for their fairytale. The museum director went onto to say “The
story of Sophia’s life was well known at the start of the 19th Century. ‘There are indications – though we cannot
prove it for sure – that Sophia was the model for Snow White. Von Erthal grew up in a castle in Lohr am
Main, about 60 miles west of Bamberg, in north Bavaria, and died in 1796. As a young girl she was described in the family
chronicle as a ‘girl of unusual loveliness’, she was kind and was keen to help the poor
and needy. But life would change for Maria when she was
in her teens, her mother passed away and her father married a ‘markedly domineering’ widow
from a powerful local family. The step mother did her best to exclude her
stepdaughter from the family and instead favored of her own children. Unlike the fairy tale in real life the evil
step mother appears to have succeeded with Maria never finding a husband, moving to the
house of an English spinster some 60 miles away, where she then went blind and died alone
aged 71 in 1796. All the family money and influence being passed
on to the children of the scheming step mother. Other parts of her life contributed to the
Brothers Grimm tale, Local historian Dr Karlheinz Bartels came up with several parallels between
Snow White and the historical figure of Maria Sophia von Erthal. Sophia’s father remarried and her stepmother
had a reputation for being domineering and favouring her natural children. Lohr was known as a centre for glassware,
and Sophia’s family owned a mirror factory. A terrifying forest is matured in the fairytale,
while the forests around Lohr were notorious for robbers. Dwarfs and children did historically work
in local mines, as they could squeeze through small gaps. So it would seem as is often the case with
tall tales and local legends there is often a grain truth which story tellers use to cultivate
and grow a story. Could this be the case with some of the other
fairy tales that are so popular, could this mean that some of the monsters found in these
stories could be real? Let me know your thoughts in the comment below.

Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Almost the end of the week, I hope you guys have a good one. I look forward to catching you in the chat for the premiere. A couple of good topics coming up and taken from your request. Thanks for all the support if you feel like helping the channel out alike and share goes a long way.
    Hopefully, see you Sunday,
    All the best


  2. I know one thing the fairy tale sure had a much happier ending. The story about Maria is so sad and heartbreaking. I have heard that quite a few of the Grimm Brothers stories were based on a true story. Thanks for another great video IF! 👍

  3. Interesting as always..
    I like the Snow White version from the Brothers Grimm than the Disney version..
    I think the fairytale of Anastasia is a true story too..
    Great video and storyline..
    Thanks for sharing..💖

  4. The Grimm brothers stories are, well, Grimm.. All stories come from somewhere, anything and everything can and will inspire someone to create something 😄 I love the story of snow white, the Grimm version and the Disney version ♥️ Great video, Thank You 😊

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