George, Duke of Bavaria

George, Duke Of Bavaria

George, Duke of Bavaria

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George of Bavaria referred to as the Rich (15 August 1455, Burghausen, Bavaria – 1 December 1503 Ingolstadt), (German: Georg , Herzog von Bayern-Landshut) was the last Duke of Bavaria-Landshut. He was a son of Louis IX the Rich and Amalia of Saxony.


Together with his cousin Albert IV of Bavaria-Munich George tried to extend his influence inFurther Austria, but in 1489 he abandoned these plans to settle the difference with Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor.George later became a strong ally of Emperor Maximilian I and supported his campaigns in Swabia, Switzerland, Geldern and Hungary.His wedding with the princess Hedwig Jagiellon, a daughter of King Casimir IV of Poland, in 1475 was celebrated in the Landshut Wedding with one of the most splendid festivals of the Middle Age. The couple had five children, three sons and two daughters. However, none of their sons survived until George's death, and per the restrictions of the Salic law practiced in medieval Germany, their daughters could not inherit the duchy. However, George tried to bequeath the duchy to his daughter Elizabeth and her husband Ruprecht of the Palatinate, third son of Philip, Elector Palatine. This led to a destructive war of succession after George's death in 1503/1504.Finally he was succeeded by Albert IV of Bavaria-Munich. Only the new duchy of Palatinate-Neuburg passed to Rupert's sons Otto-Henry, Elector Palatine (Ottheinrich) and Philipp. The most southern districts of...
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