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Alpirsbach Monastery

Mouse. Image: Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg, Klaus Paysan
AN APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENT

MOUSE GOULASH

A mouse goulash was an unwelcome sight in Alpirsbach. The offender paid for his prank with three days and nights detention—but some thought this was not enough.

Students at Alpirsbach Monastery in historical garb. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Maulbronn local administration

It wasn't us!

THE "ZIMMERHANSLI'S" DIRTY PRANK

In 1540, several citizens from the Alpirsbach area placed a convicted man in the local prison. This "Zimmerhansli" from Römlinsdorf had played a dirty prank. He had served his guests a very special goulash, one that had a mouse in it! This kind of culinary experimentation was not welcomed in Alpirsbach and demanded a severe punishment.

AN APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENT

The "Zimmerhansli" from Römlinsdorf allegedly spent three days and nights in the Alpirsbach prison's tower as punishment. However, the monastery's administrator, Wendel Zipperl, found this punishment too lenient. A dirty prank such as this should be handled properly, in order to dissuade anyone from repeating it.

Teacher, caricature by a student at Alpirsbach Monastery. Image: Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden-Württemberg, Werner Hiller-König

Severe punishment required!

DUCAL AUTHORITY IN STUTTGART

Zipperl turned to the ducal authority in Stuttgart and brought his case against the "Zimmerhansli." However, the officials in Stuttgart found the original punishment to be sufficient, much to Zipperl's chagrin. The punishment stayed at three days and nights.

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