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: Was Stormarn a county for sometime? When did
: Stormarn and Dithmarschen enter the picture?
: The comital title was always "von
: Holstein und Stormarn", it seems.
: Holstein consits of three parts. Stormarn in
: the south-west, Wagrien in the east, and
: Holstein proper in the middle. Wagrien was
: conquered from the slavs by the early
: Schauenberg counts.
: Ditmarschen is another story. It was
: considered a part of Holstein, but was first
: a fief under the Archbishop of Bremen, then
: under the Counts of Stade. However, it
: developed to a semi-independant peasants'
: republic. The Counts of Holstein continued
: to claim Ditmarschen, though.
: In 1474, Emperor Friedrich III elevated King
: Christian I (as Count of Holstein and
: Stormarn) to a Duke and also gave him the
: fiefdom of Ditmarschen.
: The people of Ditmarschen complained to the
: Pope, who in 1477 confirmed that the
: Archbisop of Bremen was the *landesherr* of
: Ditmarschen, thus the Emperor backed down
: and asked King Christian to leave
: Ditmarschen alone.
: King Hans and his brother, Duke Friedrich of
: Gottorp (later King Frederik I) tried to
: conquer Ditmarschen in 1500, but failed.
: So, finally in 1559, King Frederik II his
: uncles Dukes Adolf I and Hans the Elder,
: managed to conquer Ditmarschen.
: Try to google-translate these German
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