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JEVER A chip of Frisian territory, a Barony occupying the western headland of the Weser estuary. It is something of an oddity in that a chance inheritance to Anhalt-Zerbst brought about its endowerment to Russia through Catherine the Great.

JÜLICH (Dutch Gulik) A region in far western Germany, lying between Cologne and the Rhine River to the east, and Aachen to the west, with the Dutch frontier situated immediately to the north and northwest.




LAUSITZ (Lusatia, Sorb Luzica, Pol. Luzyce, Cz. Luzice ) - A region in eastern Germany  between the Bobr, Kwisa and Elbe rivers, today a part of the states of Saxony and Brandenberg.  Parts of southwestern Poland and the northern Czech Republic are historically parts of Lusatia.  The area is known for being the homeland of the Sorbs, a West Slavic people closely related to the Czechs and Poles.

LEININGENSee also Westerburg.



See entry in Low Countries file.

LIMBURG (Hohen Limburg an der Lanne) A tiny territory in the southeastern Ruhr Valley, formed when a lord of Isenburg was dienherited following his father's execution at Köln, 1226. With the assistance his uncle Hendrik IV, duke of Limburg, he recovered a fragment of his former fief, and built a castle, calling himself "count of Limburg" thereafter. The new territory, only 2½ sq. miles in extent, endured for more than 200 years before quietly being absorbed in other inheritences.


See entry in Langued'oïl file.


See entry in Low Countries file.


MANSFELDA district in the Harz region of central Germany, long noted for it's rich silver mines.

MARCKA Rhenish district near the Dutch frontier. A County from 1208. A Duchy from 1417.

MECKLENBURGIn northern Germany, southeast of the Jutland peninsula and west of Pomerania. Inhabited by a Slavic people, the region became Germanized in the 10th, 11th, and 12th centuries. Princes of the Empire from 1170, Dukes from 1348, and Grand Dukes from 1815. The region was originally a Slavic tribal district, and the ruling family is of Slavic origin, although both it and the people were Germanized completely by the late 13th century. As with most other German states, the Duchy was divided and redivided, unity being achieved 1471-1610 and during the Catholic invasion of 1628-1631.

MEISSENA city and region in eastern Germany, at the angle between Poland and the Czech Republic. The city is about 12 miles northwest of Dresden. The Margraviate forms the core of the new Saxon lands which developed in the 15th century.

METTERNICH-WINNEBURG Local landholders and minor nobility in western Germany who achieved Imperial rank in the early 17th century.

MINDELHEIM A minor district in Bavaria, site of a local manorial lordship which became - briefly - a barony in the 16th century. It was raised to the dignity of an Imperial Principality and awarded to John Churchill, the Duke of Marlborough, for his military achievements during the War of the Spanish Suxxession. He resigned sovereign honours a few years after, although the Dukes of Marlborough still retain the titular dignity as Princes of the Holy Roman Empire.

MONSCHAU (Montjoie) A Barony located just inside Germany about 16 miles (26 km.) southeast of Aachen and about 2 miles (3 km.) from the Belgian frontier.

MONTFORTAn old family in southwestern Germany, with properties and possessions both within Germany and within Austria.

MÖRS A small county on the western bank of the Lower Rhine in what is now Germany, between Cleves, Gelderland, Jülich and the Electorate (Archbishopric) of Cologne.

MÜNSTERBERG-ÖLS (Ziebice-Olesnica) A group of districts in south-central Silesia.