Kathy of Heilbronn
The five-act drama “Kathy of Heilbronn” or the “Ordeal by fire” was written from 1807 till 1808 and was first staged in Vienna in 1810. The drama is a historic knight play.
Kathy, the charming and wealthy daughter of a
Heilbronn armourer, has found the man of her
dreams, Count Strahl – but, sadly,
class differences are in the way of their
However, that does not stop the middle-class girl from following, in mysterious devotion,
every single step her cherished knight takes.
She even allows herself to be humiliated
just to be close to him.
In the meantime, Count Strahl believes that he has
found his bride as foretold in a dream, namely
the daughter of an Emperor: Kunigunde von
Thurneck, who is befitting his rank.
However, Kathy has also had an apparition of
an angel at the very same time, who presented her Count Strahl as her husband-to-be.
But before this heavenly prophecy can turn into reality, Kathy must pass an “ordeal by fire”. Towards the end, a final “miracle” happens – Kathy, in truth a child of the Emperor, is led to the altar by the Count.