Duchy of Freystadt

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The Duchy of Freystadt was established in 1378 as part of the Duchy of Glogau , which had been a fiefdom of the Crown of Bohemia since 1331 . It was ruled by the Silesian Piasts . The place of residence was the city of the same name Freystadt (today Kożuchów in the Lubusz Voivodeship in Poland).


Freystadt Castle

After the death of Duke Heinrich V in 1369, Freystadt was spun off from the Duchy of Glogau in 1378 for his youngest son, Heinrich VIII . He also owned Grünberg and Sprottau . After the death of his brothers Heinrich VI. d. Ä. († 1393) and Heinrich VII. "Rumpold" († 1394) he again connected Freystadt with Glogau, which now consisted of a royal-Bohemian and a ducal part. After Henry VIII's accidental death in a horse show in 1397, the Duke of Glogau inherited his four sons, who initially managed it together. When the inheritance was divided up in 1418, Freystadt was given to the second-born son Heinrich IX. d. Ä. and his younger brother Heinrich X. "Rumpold" outsourced. After the latter died in 1423, Freystadt inherited his older brother Heinrich IX. d. Ä., To which Crossen also belonged from 1430/31 . He connected Freystadt in turn with the ducal portion of Glogau.

After the direct line of the Glogau Piasts with Heinrich XI. Expired in 1476, after the Glogau succession dispute, except for Crossen, all Glogau parts came to his cousin, Duke Johann II from Sagan . He lost the Duchy of Glogau in 1488 to the Bohemian-Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus , who passed it on to his son Johann Corvinus , who owned it for two Lost years later after his father's death. Subsequently, Freystadt and Glogau fell to the Crown of Bohemia as a settled fiefdom .