Heinrich Walpot von Bassenheim

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Statue of Heinrich Walpot von Bassenheim
Coat of arms of the Bassenheim family in Mainz.

Heinrich Walpot von Bassenheim (died 1200), also known as Henry Walpot, was the first Grand Master of the Teutonic Knights, serving from 1198 to 1200. As little is known about him, information regarding the Grand Master is mostly based on historians' theories.

Walpot hailed from a rich family from Mainz. He was in favour of turning the organization into a military order. In 1199 he received a copy of monastery rules from Gilbert Horal, the Grand Master of the Knights Templar, and on behalf of Pope Innocent III. It was based on the rules of the Templars.

Walpot died and was buried in Acre.

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Grand Master of the Teutonic Order
Preceded by
None
Hochmeister
1198–1200
Succeeded by
Otto von Kerpen