Jacob, Margrave of Baden-Baden

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Jacob I of Baden
Born(1407-03-15)15 March 1407
Died 13 October 1453(1453-10-13) (aged 46)
Noble family House of Zähringen
Spouse(s) Catherine de Lorraine
(m. 1422 – wid. 1439)
Father Bernard I, Margrave of Baden-Baden
Mother Anna of Oettingen

Jacob I of Baden (15 March 1407, Hachberg 13 October 1453, Mühlburg), was Margrave of Baden-Baden from 1431 to 1453.

Hochburg castle

The Hochburg is a castle ruin situated between the city of Emmendingen and the village of Sexau in the region of Baden, located in the southwest of Germany. It was presumably built in the 11th century and was originally known as castle Hachberg. The line of nobles known as the Margraves of Baden-Hachberg most likely derive their name from this castle and before it was razed by the French it was the second largest fortification in Baden.

Mühlburg, formerly a town on its own right, is a borough located in the West of Karlsruhe, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The name Mühlburg could be translated as Mill-castle and refers to a water mill and a water castle located at the site where a Roman road once crossed the small river Alb.


He was the elder son of Bernard I, Margrave of Baden-Baden and his second wife Anna of Oettingen. Jacob I was a man of deep religious beliefs, well known as a founder of churches. He founded the monastery at Fremersberg and was a major benefactor of the Stiftskirche at Baden-Baden.

Bernard I of Baden was Margrave of the Margraviate of Baden from 1391 to 1431.

Fremersberg mountain

The Fremersberg is a hill, 524.6 m above sea level (NHN), on the western edge of the northern Black Forest in south Germany on the territory of the town of Baden-Baden and the municipality of Sinzheim. On the summit plateau, which is made of bunter sandstone there is the residential area of Fremersberg Turm with rented inn, which was built by the town of Baden-Baden in 1884, and the 85-metre-high Fremersberg Tower, built in 1961, a transmission tower with an observation platform.

Baden-Baden Place in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

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According to his father's precepts, only two of his sons were to be considered heirs of the margravate. Therefore, only Charles and Bernard received a secular education; the other children had a strict religious upbringing. George, after taking a religious profession in his youth, returned briefly to the world, but in 1454 reverted to holy orders and later became Bishop of Metz.

George of Baden was Bishop of Metz.

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Jacob I was the opposite of his father; Enea Silvio de Piccolomini (Pope Pius II) characterized him as famous among the Germans for his justice and intelligence.

Pope Pius II pope

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In his early years he was ruler of the family possessions in Hohenberg, until at the age of 24 he succeeded to the government of Baden. He was described as a pugnacious knight and a frugal father of the state and was popular among the princes as a mediator. Both Emperor Sigismund and Emperor Frederick III, under whom he served, thought highly of him.

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When as the result of a miscarriage his sister Agnes fled in the middle of a conflict about inheritance, the Margrave lost his claim to the Duchy of Schleswig. He was so angry that he confined Agnes for the rest of her life in Eberstein Castle in Ebersteinburg. (The incident is remembered as the "Double Disaster of Gottorf").

Agnes of Baden, was a German noblewoman member of the House of Zähringen and by marriage Countess of Holstein-Rendsburg.

Alt Eberstein castle ruin in Baden-Baden. Germany

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Ebersteinburg Ortsteil of Baden-Baden in Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Ebersteinburg is an Ortsteil of Baden-Baden. At 426m in elevation it lies between the valleys of the Murg and Oos rivers. The village has a population of 1,200 and since 1972 has been part of the city of Baden-Baden.

When in 1427 the Treaty of Sponheim came into force, he gained possessions on the Moselle. In 1442 he bought for 30,000 guilders from the descendants of Walter von Geroldseck half the lordship of Lahr and Mahlberg.

Family and children

He married 25 July 1422 Catherine, daughter of Charles II, Duke of Lorraine and Margaret of the Palatinate. They had the following children:

  1. Charles I, Margrave of Baden-Baden (1427 – 24 February 1475, Pforzheim).
  2. Bernard II, Margrave of Baden-Baden (later beatified) (1428 – 12 July 1458, Moncalieri).
  3. John (1430 – 9 February 1503, Ehrenbreitstein), Archbishop of Trier.
  4. Margarete (1431 – 24 October 1457, Ansbach), married 1446 to Albert III, Margrave of Brandenburg.
  5. George (1433 – 11 February 1484, Moyen), Bishop of Metz.
  6. Markus (1434 – 1 September 1478), canon in Liége and Strassburg.
  7. Matilde (1435/39 – 18 April 1485), Abbess in Trier.

He also had an illegitimate son, Rudolf of Baden.

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See also

Jacob, Margrave of Baden-Baden
House of Zähringen
Born: 14 March 1407 Died: 13 October 1453
Preceded by
Bernard I
Margrave of Baden-Baden
Succeeded by
Charles I and
Bernard II