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Louis III, Elector Palatine
Elector Palatine

Louis III, Elector Palatine

Louis III, Elector Palatine
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Intro Elector Palatine
A.K.A. Ludwig der Bärtige
Was Noble
From Germany
Field Royals
Gender male
Birth 23 January 1378, Electoral Palatinate, Holy Roman Empire
Death 30 December 1436, Heidelberg, Germany (aged 58 years)
Star sign Aquarius
Mother: Elisabeth of Nuremberg
Father: Rupert, King of Germany
Siblings: Agnes van de PaltsMargaret of the PalatinateElisabeth van de PaltsStephen, Count Palatine of Simmern-ZweibrückenOtto I, Count Palatine of MosbachRuprecht Pepijn van de PaltsJohn, Count Palatine of Neumarkt
Spouse: Blanche of EnglandMatilda of Savoy
Children: Louis IV, Elector PalatineFrederick I, Elector PalatineRuprecht of the Palatinate (Archbishop of Cologne)Mechthild of the Palatinate stillborn child von WittelsbachRupprecht von BayernRupprecht von der PfalzMargarete von der Pfalz
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Louis III, Count Palatine of the Rhine (German: Ludwig III. der Ältere or der Bärtige) (23 January 1378 – 30 December 1436), was an Elector Palatine of the Rhine from the house of Wittelsbach in 1410–1436.


Louis III was the third son of King Rupert of Germany and his wife Elisabeth of Nuremberg. During his father's campaign in Italy 1401-1402 Louis served as imperial vicar. He succeeded his father in 1410 as Elector of the Palatinate but did not run for the German crown. The Palatinate was divided between the four of Rupert's surviving sons. As oldest surviving son and new Prince-Elector Louis III received the main part, John received Palatinate-Neumarkt, Stephen received Palatinate-Simmern and Otto received Palatinate-Mosbach.

Louis III was a member of the Parakeet Society and of the League of Constance. Highly cultured and religious he was a patron of the Heidelberg University. Louis III acted as vicar for Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor and was his bearer during the Council of Constance. As such Louis later also executed the sentences against Jan Hus and Jerome of Prague. He also arrested Antipope John XXIII in 1415.

Louis III returned very sick from a pilgrimage in 1427 into the Holy Land which he had organized after the death of his son Ruprecht. From 1430 onwards he was almost blind and in 1435 deprived of power by his wife and her advisors. In the following year he died, in Heidelberg, and was succeeded by his son Louis IV.

Family and children

Louis III was married twice. Firstly, he married on 6 July 1402 Blanche of England (1392 – 21 May 1409), daughter of King Henry IV of England and Mary de Bohun. They had one son Ruprecht (22 May 1406 – 20 May 1426). This marriage brought the Palatine Crown into the hands of the Wittelsbach.

Secondly, he married on 30 November 1417 Matilda of Savoy, daughter of Amadeo, Prince of Achaea. They had five children:

  1. Mathilde (7 March 1419 – 1 October 1482), married:
    1. in 1434 to Count Louis I of Württemberg
    2. in 1452 to Duke Albrecht VI of Austria
  2. Louis IV, Elector Palatine (1 January 1424 – 13 August 1449)
  3. Frederick I, Elector Palatine (1 August 1425 – 12 December 1476)
  4. Rupprecht (27 February 1427 – 26 July 1480), Prince-elector archbishop of Cologne
  5. Margarete (ca. 1428 – 23 November 1466), a nun at Liebenau monastery


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  • Watanabe, Morimichi (2011). Christianson, Gerald; Izbicki, Thomas M. (eds.). Nicholas of Cusa: A Companion to His Life and His Times. Ashgate Publishing.
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