George III, Landgrave of Leuchtenberg

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George III, Landgrave of Leuchtenberg
Spouse(s) Barbara of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Kulmbach
Noble family House of Leuchtenberg
Father John IV, Landgrave of Leuchtenberg
Mother Margaret of Schwarzburg
Born (1520-12-13)13 December 1520
Died 21 May 1555(1555-05-21) (aged 34)

George III, Landgrave of Leuchtenberg (13 December 1502 – 21 May 1555) was Landgrave of Leuchtenberg from 1531 to 1555.

George succeeded John IV as Landgrave.

After completing his studies, he became and advisor and treasurer to Emperor Charles V and fought in the Battle of Pavia. His post required that he provide horses and knights to Duke Louis X of Bavaria and to the Emperor to fight the war against the Ottoman Empire. He borrowed the knights and horses, as well as 14000guilders from Elector Palatine Otto Henry.

In 1546, George III and Elector Palatine Frederick III signed the Treaty of Heidelberg, which defined the boundary between Leuchtenberg and the Palatinate and the privileges of Leuchtenberg. George's brother, Christopher of Leuchtenberg (d. 1554) commanded the cavalry in the army of Albert II Alcibiades. Christopher and Albert took several loans from George and the latter was cited before the Reichskammergericht for breach of the peace. He had to temporarily hand over the Lordship of Grünsfeld and compensate the victims of the looting and pillaging. His brother Christopher died impoverished in a guest house in Regensburg. His second brother Hans was mentally ill and lived most of his life with their sister in Wallerstein.

Marriage and issue[edit]

George III married on 29 September 1510 at the Plassenburg with Barbara of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Kulmbach, daughter of Margrave Frederick I of Brandenburg-Ansbach. With her he had four children

  • George IV (d. 1553)
  • Louis Henry (1529-1567), Landgrave of Leuchtenberg, married in 1549 with Countess Mathilda of the Marck-Arenberg (1530-1603)
  • Elizabeth (1537-1579), married in 1559 with Count John VI of Nassau-Dillenburg (1536-1606)
  • Barbara


This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.
George III, Landgrave of Leuchtenberg
House of Leuchtenberg
Born: 13 December 1502 Died: 21 May 1555
Preceded by
John IV
Landgrave of Leuchtenberg
1531-1555
Succeeded by
Louis Henry