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a German nobleman ranking above a count. Margraves were originally counts appointed to govern frontier provinces, but all had become princes of the Holy Roman Empire by the 12th century



originally an official in the Carolingian empire and the Holy Roman Empire.

The office of margrave was established by Charlemagne to administer marches. The margrave enjoyed broader powers than an ordinary count—particularly permanent military authority. With the development of feudalism, margraves became semi-independent or independent rulers of entire regions; in Germany they became princes. In France, Spain, and Italy, margrave (marquess) is one of the highest titles of nobility.

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The Memoirs (1826) of the daring Margravine of Anspach include travel narratives, biographical sketches, and details of her creative productions, as well as accounts of her separation from her first husband and her adventures with her "brother" the Margrave, whom she eventually married.
It's a historical novel and not above a bit of heavy breathing as Hildegard finds the ermine-trimmed Archbishop Henry fascinating, while the archbishop lusts after the beautiful margravine, a noblewoman who is Hildegard's benefactress.
Among the most famous of all aristocratic German collectors was the Margravine Caroline Louise von Baden (1721-1783), who corresponded widely with fellow nobility and commoners alike in her quest for mineral specimens.
Just occasionally, a name has stayed in a German or Latin form which would not be immediately familiar to the English student, who might be momentarily puzzled by Margravine Matilda, Abbot Hugo or even Petrus Damiani; but that would be my only, and trivial, reservation about a fine piece of translation.
The State Construction Office Bayreuth intends to Margravine Wilhelmine-Gymnasium in Bayreuth to undergo major restoration and expansion.
This article aims to give Alicia Sheridan some share of the limelight so far afforded Richard Brinsley and, more recently, their mother, Frances Sheridan, the novelist and dramatist whose oriental tale, The History of Nourjahad (1767), was to be the inspiration for the three-act comedy Nourjad, staged by the Margravine of Anspach in the great gallery at Brandenburgh House on 21 and 24 February 1803.
But next week, in contrast to 60 years ago, some of the Duke's distant German relations will be present - his niece Grand Duchess Princess Margarita of Baden has been invited, as have other family members the Margrave and Margravine of Baden and Prince and Princess Ludwig of Baden.
Kenny Lynch, 33, from William Morris House, Margravine Road, Fulham, was returned on bail to Charing Cross police station, where he was charged with the murder.
Much more convincing is the view originally proposed by Gombosi and endorsed by Ward that the lady in question is Cecilia, Margravine of Baden, who came on a visit to England in September 1565 and stayed until the following summer.
When opera began at the end of the sixteenth century, theatres and opera houses were immediately patronised--whether through the ownership of court theatres, through the private commission of works, or through employment of artists, librettists, dramatists and musicians (10)--by different royal and even church authorities across Europe, such as kings and queens, popes, princes and princesses, cardinals, dukes and duchesses, marquises and marchionesses, margraves and margravines, counts and countesses.