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- n. Plural form of burggrave.
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Frederick Barbarossa, who built a splendid new imperial castle adjoining the old castle of the burggraves (Burggrafen).
From the end of the eleventh century the city was independent of the burggraves, who, in the early times, in their capacity as imperial officials, exercised jurisdiction in all judicial and military matters and appropriated two-thirds of all moneys collected in criminal and civil cases.
The strained relations between the burggraves and the castellan finally broke into out open enmity, which greatly influenced the history of the city.
Frequent fights took place with the burggraves without, however, inflicting lasting damage upon the city.
When the burggraves (at first descendants of the house of
The Hussite wars, the plague of 1437, the fights with the burggraves (then also margraves of Brandenburg, Anspach, and Bayreuth, reduced it to 20,800 in 1450.