The Legend of the Nuernberg Wedding Cup

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Hundreds of years ago, in the little German town of Nuernberg, the noble maiden Kunigunde feel in love with a goldsmith.  Though her noble father disapproved, she turned down wealthy suitor after wealthy suitor and begged her father to approve her marriage to her humble love.  The noble maiden’s father cast the goldsmith into a dungeon, but her love never faltered for the man.

Finally, the wealthy nobleman made the following proposal to his daughter: he told her, “If your goldsmith can make a chalice from which two people can drink at the same time without spilling one single drop, I will free him and you shall become his bride.”  He was sure that the goldsmith would not be able to do such a thing.

However, a romantic showpiece was created.  The goldsmith crafted a beautiful woman with a long skirt.  Above her head, she held a basket.  When turned upside down, her skirt and the basket could be filled so that two may drink at the same time.  In the end, the goldsmith and the noble maiden were wed.  His craftsmanship and romantic tradition is still enjoyed today, as couples toast their marriages using the Nuernberg Wedding Cup.

~Think on These Things~

Natalie

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