William, Margrave of Hachberg-Sausenberg

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William, Margrave of Hachberg-Sausenberg
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William of Hachberg-Sausenberg - drawing on a wall painting in the cathedral of Constance
Born11 July 1406
Died(1482-08-15)15 August 1482
Noble family House of Zähringen
Spouse(s)Elisabeth of Montfort-Bregenz
Father Rudolf III, Margrave of Hachberg-Sausenberg
MotherAnne of Freiburg-Neuchâtel

Margrave William of Hachberg-Sausenberg (11 July 1406 - 15 August 1482) was the son of Margrave Rudolf III of Hachberg-Sausenberg and Anne of Freiburg-Neuchâtel. He ruled from 1428 to 1441, and abdicated on 21 June 1441 in favor of his infant sons, Rudolf IV and Hugo. As they were still infants, his cousin Count John of Freiburg-Neuchâtel took over the government as regent. [1]

Rudolf III, Margrave of Hachberg-Sausenberg Margrave of Hachberg-Sausenberg

Margrave Rudolf III of Hachberg-Sausenberg (1343–1428) was the son of Margrave Rudolf II of Hachberg-Sausenberg and Catherine of Thierstein. He inherited Hachberg-Sausenberg when his father died in 1352. As he was a minor at the time, his uncle Otto I acted as regent. When Rudolf II came of age, he and Otto I ruled jointly, until Otto's death in 1384. Rudolf III is considered the most important of the Margraves of Hachberg-Sausenberg.

Margrave Rudolf IV of Hachberg-Sausenberg was the son the Margrave William of Hachberg-Sausenberg and his wife Elisabeth of Montfort-Bregenz.

John of Freiburg-Neuchâtel was a son of Conrad of Freiburg and his wife, Marie of Vergy. He succeeded his father as Count of Neuchâtel in 1421. He is, however, not in a hurry to pay homage to his father-in-law John III of Chalon-Arlay. In 1444, he joined the alliance of the Dauphin Louis and a number of Swiss cantons against the Habsburgs.


Marriage and issue

William married Elizabeth, daughter of the Count William VII of Montfort-Bregenz. His wife's relatives intervened because of his lavish lifestyle and he had to promise not to mortgage any assets from her dowry without their consent. Nevertheless, his lifestyle led to a divorce in 1436. They had at least three children: two sons, Rudolf IV and Hugo, who succeeded him, and a daughter, Ursula, who became the second wife of Count James Truchseß of Waldburg.

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Margrave Hugo of Hachberg-Sausenberg was the youngest son of Margrave William of Hachberg-Sausenberg and his wife, Elisabeth of Montfort-Bregenz. After his father died in 1441, he ruled jointly with his elder brother Rudolf IV.

As William was constantly in debt and the pressure of his creditors increased, he found eventually that he could only keep his ancestral lands in the family by abdicating in favour of his sons.

Construction activities

After his father had expanded Rötteln Castle, William dedicated himself to the expansion of Sausenburg Castle.

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Sausenburg Castle castle

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Expansion of the country's sovereignty

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On 3 November 1437, Margrave William of Hachberg, in his capacity as bailiff, gave Cüne am Bühel rights to Waldshut, Guardian of the Abbess of Königsfelden Abbey, the third part of the grain tithe to Birkingen, the tithe to Eschbach and the wine tithe on Schönenbühel to Waldshut. He had boughts these rights from Albrecht Merler, who lived at Kadelburg. [2] It is not known when he bought these rights.

Diplomatic services

Via his cousin John of Freiburg-Neuchâtel, William gained access to the court of the Duke of Burgundy in Dijon. [3] During the Council of Basel, he was called upon as mediator between Austria and Burgundy and later as mediator between Burgundy and France. In 1432, the Protector of the Council, Duke William III of Bavaria appointed William of Hachberg as acting head. In 1434, Duke Philip III of Burgundy, appointed him as councillor and Chamberlain. [4]

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Dijon Prefecture and commune in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, France

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William III, was Duke of Bavaria-Munich (1397–1435), together and in concord with his older brother Ernest, Duke of Bavaria. William III was a son of John II and a member of the Parakeet Society.

In 1437, the Duke of Austria appointed him governor of the Austrian possessions in the Sundgau, Alsace and Freiburg. As governor of Further Austria, he was involved in the war between Emperor Frederick III and the Old Swiss Confederacy. After the Swiss defeated the Austrians in the Battle of St. Jakob an der Sihl in 1443, the Emperor sent William to King Charles VII of France to plea for help. France sent 40000mercenaries, the so-called Armagnacs.

See also


  1. Fritz Schülin: Rötteln-Haagen, Beiträge zur Orts-, Landschafts- und Siedlungsgeschichte, Lörrach 1965, p. 75
  2. Calendar of the Margrave of Baden and Hachberg, Volume 1, Certificate number 1471
  3. Karl Seith: Die Burg Rötteln im Wandel ihrer Herrengeschlechter, Ein Beitrag zur Geschichte und Baugeschichte der Burg, special edition published by the Röttelbund e.V., Haagen, date unknown, p. 14
  4. Sachs, p. 548

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William, Margrave of Hachberg-Sausenberg
Born: 1406 Died: 15 August 1482
Preceded by
Rudolf III
Margrave of Hachberg-Sausenberg
Succeeded by
Rudolf IV