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Dietrich IV, Landgrave of Lusatia

Dietrich IV, Landgrave of Lusatia Margrave of Lusatia

Margrave of Lusatia
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Quick Facts
Intro Margrave of Lusatia
A.K.A. Diezmann
Was Ruler
From Germany
Type Military
Gender male
Birth 1260
Death 10 December 1307, Leipzig, Germany (aged 47 years)
Family
Mother: Margaret of Sicily
Father: Albert II
Siblings: Agnes of MeissenFrederick I, Margrave of MeissenAlbert of Meissen
The details
Biography

Theodoric IV, Landgrave of Lusatia, also called in German Diezmann, or Dietrich III (c. 1260 – probably 10 December 1307 in Leipzig) was a member of the House of Wettin. He was Margrave of Lusatia from 1291 to 1303. He was also Margrave of Osterland from 1291 until his death, and Landgrave of Thuringia, as Dietrich I, from 1298 until his death.

Life

Theodoric was born in 1260, the third son of Margrave Albert II of Meissen and his wife Margaret of Sicily.

After Theodoric's mother fled from the Wartburg in 1270, because her husband had fallen in love with Kunigunde of Eisenberg, Theodoric and his elder brother Frederick were raised by their uncle Margrave Theodoric of Landsberg. After Theodoric and Frederick had come of age, they and their elder brother Henry fought a war against their father, who wanted his son Apitz, from his second marriage with Kunigunde, to inherit the Landgraviate of Thuringia.

Theodoric's first territorial possession was the Pleissnerland. After the death of Margrave Henry III in 1288, he inherited Lusatia and after the death of Frederick Tuta in 1291 he inherited the Osterland.

In 1301 Archbishop Burchard II of Magdeburg sold Theodoric the castles in Droyßig and Burgwerben for 2000 marks of Stendal silver, with the option to buy them back later. Burchard did not use this option; instead he also sold the castle and town of Spremberg to Theodoric.

In 1303, Theodoric sold Lusatia to the Margraviate of Brandenburg, which was ruled by the House of Ascania at the time.

Adolph of Nassau, the King of the Romans, deprived Theodoric of his inherited lands, but after Adolph's fall Theodoric was reinstated. In 1307, King Albert I of Germany invaded the Osterland with a large army. Theodoric and his brother Frederick armed civilians and peasants and with some assistance from knights from Brunswick they defeated Albert in the Battle of Lucka on 31 May 1307.

Theodoric died in December 1307 in Leipzig. According to later traditions, he was murdered on 24 or 25 December by one Philip of Nassau in the St. Thomas church in Leipzig. However, it is more likely that he died of natural causes on 10 December.

Marriage

Theodoric married in 1295 Jutta, a daughter of Count Berthold VIII of Henneberg. This marriage did not produce an heir. Jutta later married Otto IV, Margrave of Brandenburg-Stendal.

Ancestors

16. Otto II, Margrave of Meissen
16. Otto II, Margrave of Meissen
8. Theodoric I, Margrave of Meissen
17. Hedwig of Brandenburg
4. Henry III, Margrave of Meissen
18. Hermann I, Landgrave of Thuringia
9. Jutta of Thuringia
19. Sophia of Sommerschenburg
2. Albert II, Margrave of Meissen
20. Leopold V, Duke of Austria
10. Leopold VI, Duke of Austria
21. Helena of Hungary
5. Constantia of Austria
11. Theodora Angelina
1. Theodoric IV, Landgrave of Lusatia
24. Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor
12. Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor
25. Beatrice I, Countess of Burgundy
6. Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor
26. Roger II of Sicily
13. Constance of Sicily
27. Beatrice of Rethel
3. Margaret of Sicily
28. Henry II of England
14. John of England
29. Eleanor of Aquitaine
7. Isabella of England
30. Aymer Taillifer, Count of Angoulême
15. Isabella of Angoulême
31. Alice of Courtenay
16. Otto II, Margrave of Meissen
8. Theodoric I, Margrave of Meissen
17. Hedwig of Brandenburg
4. Henry III, Margrave of Meissen
18. Hermann I, Landgrave of Thuringia
9. Jutta of Thuringia
19. Sophia of Sommerschenburg
2. Albert II, Margrave of Meissen
20. Leopold V, Duke of Austria
10. Leopold VI, Duke of Austria
21. Helena of Hungary
5. Constantia of Austria
11. Theodora Angelina
1. Theodoric IV, Landgrave of Lusatia
24. Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor
12. Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor
25. Beatrice I, Countess of Burgundy
6. Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor
26. Roger II of Sicily
13. Constance of Sicily
27. Beatrice of Rethel
3. Margaret of Sicily
28. Henry II of England
14. John of England
29. Eleanor of Aquitaine
7. Isabella of England
30. Aymer Taillifer, Count of Angoulême
15. Isabella of Angoulême
31. Alice of Courtenay
8. Theodoric I, Margrave of Meissen
17. Hedwig of Brandenburg
4. Henry III, Margrave of Meissen
18. Hermann I, Landgrave of Thuringia
9. Jutta of Thuringia
19. Sophia of Sommerschenburg
2. Albert II, Margrave of Meissen
20. Leopold V, Duke of Austria
10. Leopold VI, Duke of Austria
21. Helena of Hungary
5. Constantia of Austria
11. Theodora Angelina
1. Theodoric IV, Landgrave of Lusatia
24. Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor
12. Henry VI, Holy Roman Emperor
25. Beatrice I, Countess of Burgundy
6. Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor
26. Roger II of Sicily
13. Constance of Sicily
27. Beatrice of Rethel
3. Margaret of Sicily
28. Henry II of England
14. John of England
29. Eleanor of Aquitaine
7. Isabella of England
30. Aymer Taillifer, Count of Angoulême
15. Isabella of Angoulême
31. Alice of Courtenay
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https://d-nb.info/gnd/13595309X
https://viaf.org/viaf/80381424
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/80381424
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