Meinardus, Der historische Kern der Rattenfdngersage (Hameln, 1882); Jostes, Der Rattenfdnger von Hameln (Bonn, 1885); and S.
On the capitulation of the Hanoverian army in 1803 Hameln fell into the hands of the French; it was retaken by the Prussians in 1806, but, after the battle of Jena, again passed to the French, who dismantled the fortifications and incorporated the town in the kingdom of Westphalia.
JULIUS WELLHAUSEN (1844-), German biblical scholar and Orientalist, was born at Hameln on the Weser, Westphalia, on the 17th of May 1844.
See C. Langlotz, Geschichte der Stadt Hameln(Hameln, 1888 fol.); Sprenger, Geschichte der Stadt Hameln (1861); O.
Some trace the origin of the legend to the Children's Crusade of 1211; others to an abduction of children; and others to a dancing mania which seized upon some of the young people of Hameln who left the town on a mad pilgrimage from which they never returned.