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  1. burgrave(noun)

    a nobleman ruling a German castle and surrounding grounds by hereditary right

  2. burgrave(noun)

    the military governor of a German town in the 12th and 13th centuries

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  1. burgrave(Noun)

    The military governor of a German town or castle; a nobleman of the same status

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  1. Burgrave(noun)

    see Burggrave

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  1. Burgrave

    A burgrave is the ruler of a castle or fortified town. The English form is derived through the French from the German Burggraf and Dutch Burggraaf, a rank above Baron but below Graf, or burch-graeve. ⁕The title is originally equivalent to that of castellan or châtelain, meaning keeper of a castle and/or fortified town. ⁕In Germany, owing to the peculiar conditions of the Holy Roman Empire, though the office of burgrave had become a sinecure by the end of the 13th century, the title, as borne by feudal nobles having the status of Reichsfürst, obtained a quasi-princely significance. There were four hereditary burgraviates ranking as principalities within the Holy Roman Empire: ⁕The Burgraviate of Antwerp: this was a title that was inherited by the Counts of Nassau, lords of Breda, who later inherited the title of Prince of Orange. The most famous holder was William the Silent, who used his influence over the city to control its government and use it a base of the Dutch Revolt. His predecessors in his family were Engelbrect, Henry and Rene. Another form of the title was "viscount of Antwerp".

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