Heinrich von Eichenfels - Franz von Pocci


51 pages


Heinrich von Eichenfels

Franz von Pocci | 1859 | Munich, Germany
Genre (as defined by the author)
Graf Friedrich von Eichenfels, Gräfin Adelhaid, Heinrich, Margaretha, Görg, Hannes, Juta, Wolf, Mathes, Schnaps, Menrad
Number of acts

Pocci's play is an adaptation of the novel Wie Heinrich von Eichenfels zur Erkenntnis Gottes kam [How Heinrich von Eichenfels came to know God] (1817), by the Bavarian priest and author of numerous children's books Christoph von Schmid (1768-1856).This rewrite is one of Pocci's few attempts at the serious genre: it was because of the plot’s happy ending why it was published as a comedy in the first collection of Komödienbüchlein. The play reinvents medieval imagery in the Romantic taste, which Pocci had used extensively as an illustrator and children's author. The representation of Gypsies reflects a certain racism against travellers, but also the misery of their condition.

Plot summary

An abducted child reunited with his parents

While the Countess von Eichenfels is running to the aid of her husband, who is seriously wounded at the end of a victorious campaign, their only child Heinrich is taken from his cradle by a Gypsy woman, old Juta. Eight years later, Heinrich escapes from the cave where he was held captive by the gypsy band, while the Gypsies are out robbing on the highways. He finds refuge with Menrad, a hermit and a former comrade-in-arms of the Count's squire, Hannes. In pursuit of the robbers, he stops at the hermitage and, with Menrad's help, surprises the two Gypsies who were looking for Heinrich. In the meantime, Juta has been arrested and has confessed everything to the Count. Hannes and Menrad bring Heinrich back to his parents after eight years in captivity.

Related works
Wie Heinrich von Eichenfels zur Erkenntnis Gottes kam1817
Composition date

First performance

Munich, Germany

Publications and translations


Franz Pocci: Lustiges Komödienbüchlein, München, J.J. Lentner, 1859, 67-118

Modern edition

Franz von Pocci: Lustiges Komödienbüchlein 1, "Editio Monacensia", hrsg. von Ulrich Dittman und Manfred Nöbel, München, Allitera Verlag, 2007

Literary tones
Animations techniques
String marionette
Young audiences
Public domain


Theatrical techniques


Written by

Jean Boutan