1218 - House of Zähringen Dies Out

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On 18th February 1218 Berthold V, Duke of Zähringen, founder of Freiburg Cathedral, dies, and with him dies the House of Zähringen. Zähringer land and titles are divided amongst the Holy Roman Empire, the House of Kyburg (vassals of the Duke of Swabia based around Zurich), and the House of Baden.

In their relatively brief existence, the Zähringener founded a number of cities, including Freiburg in south west Germany and Bern in Switzerland. The Zähringen name lives on as a suburb of Freiburg, and in the title 'Duke of Zähringen' resurrected by the House of Baden sometime in the 19th century.

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Alamanicus is wandering his old Alemanni haunts, revisiting the places where once he used to drink, carouse, and beat up the odd Roman legionnaire or two. Things have moved on since his day, and the old Alemanni country now lies across south west Germany, French Alsace, and northern Switzerland. Cut through by the mighty Rhine, it is an area of great beauty, and a lot has happened there since Alamanicus last walked this land.


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