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Coburg

COBURG  Koburg. German town in the north of the Land of Bayern, south of the Thüringer Wald and north of Bamberg, standing on the River Itz, a tributary of the Main. Coburg was acquired by the County of Henneberg from … Continue reading

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Chemnitz

CHEMNITZ Now a Stadtkreis, and also the administrative headquarters of a Landkreis bearing its name, in the Land of Sachsen in eastern Germany. The city was called Karl Marx Stadt and gave its name to a district in the German … Continue reading

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Billunger Mark

BILLUNGER MARK   Billung March. In the reign of Otto the Great (936-73) two Margraves led the extension of Saxon authority over the Slav peoples to the east, Hermann Billung and Gero. Hermann’s Mark was in the north and extended over … Continue reading

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Bautzen

BAUTZEN    Earlier Budissen, German form of Budyšin (Sorb). Town on the upper River Spree, now in eastern Sachsen in eastern Germany. The district around it was held by the Prince of Poland when he acquired the Mark of Lusatia as … Continue reading

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Ballenstedt

BALLENSTEDT County in the northeastern Harz in east central Germany in the 11th and 12th centuries;  the town is west of Aschersleben and southwest of Magdeburg. The Counts were already important when Count Otto the Rich (d.1123) married one of … Continue reading

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Anhalt-Plötzkau

ANHALT-PLÖTZKAU Plötzkau, now a small town to the southwest of Bernburg, was capital of an old county in the marcher region on the edge of the Duchy of Saxony.   Its Counts in the 12th century claimed to be Margraves of … Continue reading

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Anhalt-Aschersleben

ANHALT-ASCHERSLEBEN The senior line of the partitioned Principality of Anhalt, c.1252-1315.   When the line died out in 1315, Aschersleben, which is northeast of the Harz Mountains, southeast of Halberstadt, and SSW of Magdeburg, passed to the Bishops of Halberstadt.   The … Continue reading

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Anhalt

ANHALT Principality in eastern Germany, which in the 18th century lay between western Brandenburg in the Kingdom of Prussia and western Saxony but in the 19th century was entirely surrounded by Prussia.   It stretched from lands to the north of … Continue reading

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Albertine Lands (Wettin)

ALBERTINE LANDS (Wettin) In 1485, Ernest, the Elector of Saxony, and his brother Albert partitioned the Wettin lands, which had been re-united in 1482 after the death of their uncle, who had held Thuringia.  Albert’s share was the solid block … Continue reading

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