Konrad von Tecklenburg-Schwerin

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Konrad von Tecklenburg-Schwerin (* 1501 ; † June 6 or 16, 1557 ), also called the dolle Cord , was Count of Tecklenburg and Lord of Rheda from 1534 until his death, and also Count of Lingen from 1541 to 1546 .


Konrad was the oldest child of Otto VIII von Tecklenburg-Schwerin and his wife Irmgard von Rietberg . He received his training as a Junker at the court of Philip the Magnanimous , the Landgrave of Hesse . He took part in the Diet of Worms (1521) and in 1523 fought with Philip on the side of the Archbishop of Trier against Franz von Sickingen .

According to the practice at the time in the Tecklenburg-Schwerin house , Konrad, the eldest son of the ruling count, took over his rule Rheda in 1524 while he was still alive . In 1525 he began a war with the Diocese of Osnabrück over the borders and rights of the rule of Rheda, which was finally settled in the Bielefeld Treaty in 1565 .

On May 13, 1527 he married Mechthild von Hessen , a cousin of Landgrave Philipp. She gave birth to his only child Anna on July 5, 1532 .

Konrad came into contact with the Reformation through Mechthild and Philipp . He was the first Lutheran ruler in Westphalia and first introduced the Protestant faith in the rule of Rheda and then in the paternal county of Tecklenburg , albeit relatively cautiously and without completely forbidding the practice of the Catholic faith. In 1539 he joined the Schmalkaldic League of Protestant Rulers.

After his father's death in 1534, Konrad also took over the county of Tecklenburg. When his uncle Nikolaus IV. Von Tecklenburg-Schwerin died childless in 1541, he also inherited the county of Lingen , which is adjacent to his county, and also introduced the Protestant faith here. But he lost the county as a result of the Schmalkaldic War only five years later. Even the Catholic Emperor imposed Charles V , the imperial ban on him.


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  • Friedrich Ernst Hunsche : 250 years of the Tecklenburg district 1707–1957 . 1957, p. 17.

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