1273 - Habsburgs Ascendant

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Having manoeuvred the Habsburg family into a position of power in the preceding decades, the 55 year old Count Rudolph IV of Habsburg is crowned King Rudolph I of Germany on 24th October 1273.

Following the collapse of the Hohenstaufen dynasty and the fragmentation of the Swabian ruling classes in 1254, Rudolph - godson to the last effective Hohenstaufen ruler Frederick II - had established himself as one of the most powerful Swabian lords.

Through marriage - his wife was related to the House of Kyburg, enabling him to seize the Kyburger assets when that family died out in 1263 - purchase, successful feuds with Bishops of Strasbourg and Basel, and the support of the Hohenstaufens, Rudolph was able to elevate the House of Habsurg, becoming known to history as the father of the mighty Habsburg dynasty.

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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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