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Thank you but, yes, I know all that. The Dukes of Holstein-Gottorp became Dukes of Oldenburg though. I want to know why the titles Count of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst were traded in for the title Duke of Oldenburg. Is it because Delmenhorst was incorporated into this new Duchy of Oldenburg? And also, did agnates of the house not in descent from the Holstein-Gottorps trade in their comital titles of Oldenburg and Delmenhorst for a ducal Oldenburg title?
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: in the duchy of Hosltein-Gottorp (renamed
: Oldenburg and later a grand duchy)
: Holstein and Oldenburg are different places.
: Oldenburg was (eventually) a Grand Duchy, in
: three parts, totalling 2058 square miles,
: with its capital at Oldenburg, now in the
: state of Lower Saxony. Delmenhorst was at
: first a separate county, later part of
: Schleswig & Holstein were duchies,
: immediately south of Denmark. They are now
: united as the state of Schleswig-Holstein.
: It was Count Dietrich the Fortunate of
: Oldenburg who acquired Delmenhorst,
: Schleswig, and Holstein by marriage. He
: married firstly Adelaide, daughter of Otto
: VII, Count of Delmenhort, and secondly
: Hedwig, daughter of Gerhard VI, Count of
: Holstein and Duke of Schleswig. One of Count
: Dietrich's sons became King of Denmark, as
: Christian I. After that, the various
: territories were repeatedly divided, united,
: and shuffled.
: The Holstein-Gottorp branch was founded by a
: younger son of Frederick I, King of Denmark.
: To this line belonged the later Emperors of
: Russia, Kings of Sweden, and Grand Dukes of
: The Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg branch
: began with a younger son of King Christian
: III of Denmark. It is to this line that the
: later Kings of Denmark and Greece belong.
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