Conrad I, Burgrave of Nuremberg

Conrad I, Burgrave Of Nuremberg

Conrad I, Burgrave of Nuremberg

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Conrad I of Nuremberg (c. 1186 – 1261) was a Burgrave of Nuremberg of the House of Hohenzollern. He was the youngerHeraldry of the Royal Families of Europe, Jiří Louda & Michael Maclagan, 1981, pp. 178-179. son of Frederick I of Nuremberg and Sofie of Raabs. His title as Count of Zollern was Conrad III, but Conrad I as Burgrave of Nuremberg.

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Conrad was the son of Burgrave Frederick I (originally Count Frederick I of Zollern), the first Nuremberg Burgrave of the Hohenzollern, and Sofie von Raabs. As a count of Zollern he is enumerated as Conrad III. After the death of his father around 1204 the rank of burgrave passed first to Conrad's younger brother, Frederick II. However, in 1218 (or possibly 1214) the house's possessions were divided again and Conrad then received the possessions in Franconia with the title of burgrave.

In this period he strengthened his power and supported the House of Hohenstaufen in the fight between Guelphs and Ghibellines for the royal crown. Emperor Frederick II wished to develop Nuremberg to a dependable base, and therefore in 1219 bestowed a great charter of freedom upon the castle market. While Conrad took over the military protection of the town as a Burgrave, the citizens were able to attain an increasing autonomy in their internal affairs. Conrad also supported the emperor when he was banished. The death of Frederick II in 1250 was a heavy blow to the Hohenzollerns, because they now lacked their major...
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