1306 - House of Hachberg-Sausenberg

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Rudolph von Baden-Hachberg, the younger son of Heinrich (Henry) II, Margrave of Hachberg, establishes the Hachberg-Sausenberg line. This branch of the extended Baden nobility takes its name from the family seat of Sausenberg Castle near Kandern, built by the Baden-Hachbergs in 1240.

Through Rudolph's marriage in 1298 or 1299 to Agnes, heiress of Rötteln, the Hachberg-Sausenbergs comes into possession in 1315 of Rötteln Castle, near the modern day Swiss border at Lörrach. In 1444 they acquire Badenweiler Castle.

On the death of Philip von Hachberg-Sausenberg in 1503, the Hachberg-Sausenberg line dies out, and its lands and titles are inherited by Christoph (Christopher) I von Baden, Margrave of Baden, thus returning them to the main Baden line. The former Hachberg-Sausenberg land that is the south west corner of Germany is today known as Markgräflerland (Margrave's Land).

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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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