Richard of Cornwall and the Palatinate Reichsministerialen

Starting point for the present study was the marriage of Richard of Cornwall and Beatrix of Falkenburg. The politics of marriage Richards, die verwandtschaftlichen Beziehungen der Falkenburger zu den Seitenzweigen der Bolander führten weit zurück in das Wirken der großen Reichsministerialen und des Hochzeitsortes Kaiserslautern, mit weiteren Ausblicken in die Geschichte des übrigen Pfälzer Adels.

The most glamorous royal days in its history experienced at Kaiserslautern 16. June 1269, than for 1257 elected to the German king Richard of Cornwall celebrated his wedding with the beautiful Beatrice of Falkenburg Palatine.

The 1209 John's second son was born (without land) Richard, since the 1226 the title of Earl of Cornwall led, had the 13. January 1257 on the king to have frequently used options Frankenfeld, Three German princes chosen King of Germany: Cologne's Archbishop Konrad von Hochstaden, the builder of the Cologne Cathedral, also for the currently imprisoned Archbishop of Mainz and the Pfalzgraf Ludwig Gerhard at Rhein.

Unfortunately, it is this choice of king 1257, as the year 1519 disfigured by awkward, that the majority of the German Empire by Prince “Hand albums”, d. h. Bribes, and so could lure the king's election to the money business decreased. Richard was the possession of the gold-, Silver- and copper mines in Cornwall and was considered a master of huge wealth of the richest prince in Christendom.

1240 Richard had his first wife, Isabella and 1261 Gattin Sanchia, the daughter of the Count of Provence, lost by death. Now, he thought, despite his sixty years in a third marriage. Around October or November 1268 He became engaged to the daughter of at this time of the Cologne citizens killed Count Dietrich von Falkenburg, since his brother Engelbert 1262 Archbishop of Cologne was.

Already on 2. April 1272 King Richard died and was buried in the Franciscan convent at Oxford. His young wife Beatrix survived him by only a few years: she died on 17. October 1277 and was also buried alongside her husband. Offspring from this marriage were not the result; with the death of Edmund, Richard's son from his first marriage, died from the sex.

Among the Palatines Reichsministerialen we find the names: in. Montfort, Boos v. Waldeck, in. Bolanden, in. Ramberg, in. Erbach, in. Falkenburg, in. Hohenfels, in. Homburg, in. Guttenberg, just to name a few (This work also contains a local- and persons index)


Write Mueller, Hermann: Pfaelzer Reichsministerialen, Kaiserslautern: Kayser, 1920

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