Montbéliard

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Montbéliard

(môNbālyär`), industrial town (1990 pop. 30,639), Doubs dept., E France, on the Rhône-Rhine Canal. Automobiles are the town's primary manufacture. With its surrounding countryside it constituted a county (after the 12th cent.) of the Holy Roman Empire. The county passed (1397) to the counts (later dukes) of Württemberg, who held it, with interruptions, until its capture by French Revolutionary troops in 1793. The town was a Huguenot refuge during the Reformation. It was formally ceded to France by the Treaty of Lunéville (1801). The castle of the Montbéliard counts was rebuilt in the 18th cent.
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According to the dramatis personae and a couple of references early in the play, Tiberius und Annabella takes place in Mompelgard, that is, modern Montbeliard in eastern France, the wrong side of the Alps from Ferrara.
Mompelgard was never a margravate, and there is no reason for the play to make it one.
Its 'away' location is not Montferrat or Mompelgard but that quintessentially Italian city Urbino, and it differs in a couple of the proper names--although, strikingly, the duke of Ferrara's son shares his name with that of his German counterpart.