Auf den Spuren der Habsburger

Castles and lordly manors

In the Middle Ages the construction of fortified castles is a privilege reserved to lords. The Upper Rhine also experiences a period of intense castle building, although the Hapsburgs only contribute in a limited manner to this activity, as they are able to take over castles of other families. In the 13th century the amenities and comforts of city life are increasingly in vogue. In addition, the cities offer a more varied social life. They become the actual centers of the knightly culture of the nobles.The castles are abandoned and serve only those in functional positions (bailiffs and ministers) as living quarters and administrative posts. Even Habsburg, a representative castle with a double residence from which the Hapsburgs received their name, is abandoned by the family after only a few decades. For various reasons the castles are totally abandoned during the course of the late Middle Ages.

[Translate to english:] So sieht es aus

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Idealbildnis von Heinrich "Jasomirgott", dem seit 1156 ersten Herzog von sterreich. (Glasfenster, Zisterzienserabtei Stift Heiligenkreuz, A-Heiligenkreuz)

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