Altena (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Imperial County in northwestern Germany.   Today the town, which stands on the River Lenne, a tributary of the Ruhr, lies southeast of Dortmund, and is in the Lüdensheid Landkreis in Nordrhein-Westfalen.

Altena passed in the 11th century from the Counts of Arnsberg (which lay to the east) to the Counts of Berg, whose County divided c.1160 into those of Berg and Altena.   Later in the century Altena was partititioned between Limburg (north of Altena) and Mark.

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