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(born c.1310 in Illesheim, Windsheim; died May 15, 1381 in Neumarkt) was a famous German robber baron in the Middle Ages.

In 1369 he was indicted for his robberies in the Nuremberg region. He famously escaped death on the gallows when his horse leapt into the Nuremberg Castle moat, but was caught again and executed by breaking wheel in 1381. In the sixteenth century the first folk songs were recorded about him and gradually he became a legendary romantic hero.
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by e-Katja January 07, 2007
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