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Henry III, count of Sayn
German noble

Henry III, count of Sayn

Henry III, count of Sayn
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Intro German noble
Is Noble Aristocrat
From Germany
Field Royals
Gender male
Death 1 January 1247, Stadt Blankenberg, Germany
Father: Heinrich II von Sayn
The details (from wikipedia)


Henry III "the Great" (? – 1246) was the count of Sayn (1202–1246), a county located near the Sieg River in northern Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Henry III shared the first year of his reign with his uncle, count Henry II, as he and his father Eberhard II had co-ruled the county. Godfrey II (Count of Sponheim) had been a regent from 1181 and continued until his death in 1220. John, count of Sponheim-Starkenburg, was regent from 1226 until Henry's death in 1246.

In 1233, the Church's German Grand Inquisitor, Konrad von Marburg accused Henry of indulging in satanic orgies. Henry pleaded his case successfully to an assembly of bishops in Mainz and was acquitted. Konrad, however, refused to accept the verdict, but eventually left Mainz. While passing near Marburg, Konrad was ambushed and killed by a group of knights. It is unknown whether they were in the service of Henry.

Henry died in 1246. His county was inherited by his brother-in-law, count Eberhard III of Sponheim-Eberstein.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 10 Apr 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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