The Pied Piper legend
The story of the Pied Piper (Rattenfänger) of Hamelin was popularized in German by the Brothers Grimm and in English by the poet Robert Browning (1812 - '89) in his narrative poem of that name.
It comes from an old German legend translated into English in 1605 by Richard Verstegan, English publisher and antiquarian (c. 1548 - c. 1636), who gave this as the date in A Restitution of Decayed Intelligence. (A 14th-Century account gives the date as June 26, 1284.) The oldest remaining source is a note in Latin prose, made one and a half centuries later (1430 - 1450) as an addition to a 14th-Century manuscript from Lüneburg ...
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