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Wernher von Homberg

Graf Wernher von Homberg, Codex Manesse folio 43v

Wernher von Homberg (also Werner; Hohenberg, 1284 – 21 March 1320) was a knight in the service Emperor Henry VII, and later of Frederick the Fair. His Minnesang poems are recorded in the Codex Manesse.

His father was Louis I of Homberg (d. 1289 in the battle of Schosshalde, the son of Hermann IV of Frohburg), and his mother Elisabeth von Rapperswil (d. 1309), the heiress of Rudolf of Rapperswil. At the death of her husband, Elisabeth gave her estates in Rapperswil to her children. Wernher inherited territories that today form the northern part of the canton of Schwyz. Beginning in 1302, king Albert I of Germany laid claim to these territories, prompting Wernher to enter a pact with the people of Schwyz. In 1303, Wernher sold Homberg castle and the city of Liestal to the bishop of Basel. In 1304 he joined the Livonian crusade of the Teutonic order, in 1309 he was given the position of reeve of Schwyz. Wernher entered the service of king Frederick in 1314. In 1315, he married the widow of his step-father, Maria von Oettingen (d. 1369) He died in a campaign in Genoa.

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