Christian Friedrich Heinecken
Christian Friedrich Heinecken (1721 - 1725) was an imaginary young person wonder (?) German folklore known under the name of Infant of Lübeck . He was the son of a professor of history at the university of Lübeck.
Equipped with an intelligence out of the commun run, it is affirmed that he spoke already shortly after his birth. At eight weeks, Christian expressed itself in elaborate German. His/her father taught him the name from the objects in presenting to him and pronouncing the words aloud.
In addition to his remarkable faculties for the numbers, one claimed that Christian Heinecken knew at one year all the significant events of the Pentateuque. In less than one month, it could develop the New Testament. At two years, it controlled the historical aspects of the Bible and a year later, it had excellent general knowledge on the Histoire and the Géographie. It could answer the questions carrying over all the times.
Intrigued by this genius which was interested in more in the Philosophie, people came from a little everywhere to meet it. The king of Denmark invited it at his court with Copenhagen in 1724 to make sure of the veracity of the facts reported about the Heinecken young person. He conversed with the entourage of the king in French and perfect Latin.
Unfortunately, the wonder had fragile health and had not been not separated. The abrupt regime change with the stop of breast feeding made it sick. He predicts its clean dead and died at the four years age.
- Barlow, F. Mental prodigies . New York: Philosophical Library, 1952. (exhausted)
- Life of the enfans famous - page 282 and following
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