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Saturday, 10 October 2020

Saturday Rave: Arnold I, II, III and IV of Bentheim-Tecklenburg-Steinfurt-Limburg (and Lord of Rheda)

Arnold of Bentheim-Tecklenburg-Steinfurt-Limburg (and Lord of Rheda) had, as you can see, a terrific name, and that's what The Word Den is celebrating today, his 466th birthday.

Arnold of Bentheim-Tecklenburg-Steinfurt-Limburg was born in Germany in 1554 and died in 1606.

In between, what he mostly did was inherit or otherwise acquire titles and lands. He also founded some schools.

Arnold was actually Arnold II in Steinfurt. In Limburg he was the first Arnold, so he didn't really have a number. In Bentheim and Tecklenburg he was Arnold IV.

But, for some reason I don't really understand, overall people seem to have taken a rough average and he seems to be known mostly as Arnold III.

Still, he seems to have been a peaceful man. 

And everyone needs a hobby, after all.

Word To Use Today: Arnold. The German roots of the arn bit means eagle and the wald bit means power or brightness.

Not entirely sure about the brightness, but Arnold I II III and IV must have quite liked power. 

Or importance, at least.

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