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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...
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Hartman IV, Duke of Kyburg dies, and with him the House of Kyburg. The House of Habsburg eventually acquires the Kyburger land (between Lake Constance and Lake Zurich in modern day Switzerland) and titles, part of the continuing expansion of the Habsburg empire.
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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 asse...
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