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LANDGRAVE (Dutch : landgraaf, German : Landgraf; Swedish : lantgreve, French : landgrave; Latin : comes magnus, comes patriae, comes provinciae, comes terrae, comes principalis, lantgravius) was a noble title used in the Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
, and later on in its former territories. The German titles of Landgraf, Markgraf ("margrave "), and Pfalzgraf ("count palatine ") are in the same class of ranks as Herzog
Herzog
("duke") and above the rank of a Graf
Graf
("count").

CONTENTS

* 1 Etymology * 2 Description * 3 Examples * 4 Related terms * 5 References * 6 Further reading * 7 External links

ETYMOLOGY

The English word LANDGRAVE is the equivalent of the German LANDGRAF, a compound of the words Land and Graf
Graf
(German: count).

DESCRIPTION

The title referred originally to a count who had imperial immediacy , or feudal duty owed directly to the Holy Roman Emperor. His jurisdiction stretched over a sometimes quite considerable territory, which was not subservient to an intermediate power, such as a Duke
Duke
, a Bishop
Bishop
or Count
Count
Palatine . The title survived from the times of the Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire
(first records in Lower Lotharingia from 1086 on: Henry III, Count
Count
of Louvain , as landgrave of Brabant ). By definition, a landgrave exercised sovereign rights. His decision-making power was comparable to that of a Duke.

Landgrave
Landgrave
occasionally continued in use as the subsidiary title of such noblemen as the Grand Duke
Duke
of Saxe-Weimar
Saxe-Weimar
, who functioned as the Landgrave
Landgrave
of Thuringia
Thuringia
in the first decade of the 20th century, but the title fell into disuse after World War II
World War II
.

The jurisdiction of a landgrave was a landgraviate (German: Landgrafschaft ), and the wife of a landgrave or a female landgrave was known as a landgravine (from the German Landgräfin, Gräfin being the feminine form of Graf)

The term was also used in what are now North and South Carolina in United States during British rule. A "landgrave" was "a county nobleman in the British, privately held North American colony Carolina, ranking just below the proprietary (chartered equivalent of a royal vassal)."

EXAMPLES

Examples include:

* Landgrave
Landgrave
of Thuringia
Thuringia

* Landgraves of Hesse and its subsequent divisions ( Hesse-Kassel , -Darmstadt , -Rotenburg , -Philippshtal (-Barchfeld ), -Rheinfels , -Homburg (-Bingenheim ), -Marburg ).

* Landgraves of Leuchtenberg , situated around a Bavarian castle (later raised into a duchy) * Landgraves of Stühlingen (de) * Landgraves of Klettgau (de)

RELATED TERMS

* LANDGRAVIATE – the rank, office, or territory held by a landgrave * LANDGRAVINE (German: Landgräfin) – the wife of a Landgrave
Landgrave
or one who exercises the office or holds the rank in her own right.

REFERENCES

* ^ Wiktionary definition * ^ Wise, L., Hansen, M., Egan, E. (2005), Kings, Rules and Satesmen, revised edition, New York, p. 122 CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link )

FURTHER READING

* Mayer, Theodor, "Über Entstehung und Bedeutung der älteren deutschen Landgrafschaften", in Mitteralterliche Studien – Gesammelte Aufsätze, ed. F. Knapp (Sigmaringen 1958) 187–201. Also published in Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte, Germanische Abteilung 58 (1938) 210–288. * Mayer, Theodor, 'Herzogtum und Landeshoheit', Fürsten und Staat. Studien zur Verfassungsgeschichte des deutschen Mittelalters (Weimar 1950) 276–301. * Eichenberger, T., Patria: Studien zur Bedeutung des Wortes im Mittelalter (6.-12. Jahrhundert), Nationes – Historische und philologische Untersuchungen zur Entstehung der europäischen Nationen im Mittelalter 9 (Sigmaringen 1991). * Van Droogenbroeck, Frans J., \'De betekenis van paltsgraaf Herman II (1064-1085) voor het graafschap Brabant\', Eigen Schoon en De Brabander, 87 (2004), 1-166. * Van Droogenbroeck, Frans J., Het landgraafschap Brabant (1085-1183) en zijn paltsgrafelijke voorgeschiedenis. De territoriale en institutionele aanloop tot het ontstaan van het hertogdom Brabant (2004)

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