24 November 2009
Otto von Bismarck as sex god (sort of)
According to today’s Telegraph more than 6,000 personal letters that were sent to Count Bismarck while in office and retirement have been made available to scholars.
I it Perhaps unsurprising that the letters indicate that many Germans saw Bismarck as a messiah figure. But some viewed him an object of desire.
A married woman from the Saarland wrote to him saying: "I am unhappy in love but know that we could be wonderful together. I am a very good cook and stuffed pig's stomach is my speciality."
One doctor, concerned about Bismarck's circulation, addressed him as "Your Highness" and advised him to do "gymnastics in your bedchamber" (a distinct possibility if he took up the Saarland hausfrau’s offer!)
The old chancellor, whose idea of relaxation was to drink several barrels of fine Rhine wine over a period of days before fasting, usually replied to every letter he received.
It must have been the sight of that huge bushy moustache that sent the womenfolk of Germany ablaze with passion.... ooh and those eyebrows too!