Meinhard III, Count of Gorizia-Tyrol

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Meinhard III, Count of Gorizia-Tyrol
Noble family House of Wittelsbach
Father Louis V, Duke of Bavaria
Mother Margaret, Countess of Tyrol
Born (1344-02-09)9 February 1344
Landshut
Died 13 January 1363(1363-01-13) (aged 18)
Tirol Castle near Meran

Meinhard III (February 9, 1344 – January 13, 1363) was Duke of Upper Bavaria and the last Count of Tyrol from the House of Wittelsbach. Meinhard was the son of Duke Louis V of Bavaria with Countess Margaret, Countess of Tyrol and as such also the last descendant of Meinhard I, Count of Gorizia (Meinhardiner line).

Biography[edit]

Meinhard III was born in Landshut in 1344 during the reign of his grandfather, Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor. He was the son of Prince Louis, who was himself the son of the Emperor. His grandfather died when meinhard was 3 and the Imperial Crown passed from his family to the Luxembourgs. On September 4, 1359 he was married to Margaret of Austria (1346 – January 14, 1366), a daughter of his father's ally Albert II, Duke of Austria, and on this occasion his parents were absolved from the excommunication.

After the death of his father Louis in 1361, he ascended to rule, in which he was strongly influenced by his Wittelsbach relatives.

Meinhard III died at Tirol Castle near Meran in 1363. His early death induced his mother to give Tyrol to the Austrian Duke Rudolf IV of Habsburg. Therefore Meinhard's uncle Stephen II of Bavaria-Landshut, who had succeeded him in Upper Bavaria, invaded Tyrol but finally released the county in 1369, in return for a huge financial compensation.

Ancestors[edit]

Meinhard III, Count of Gorizia-Tyrol
Born: 1344 Died: 1363
German royalty
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Louis and Margaret
Count of Tyrol
1361–1363
Succeeded by
Rudolf IV of Austria
Preceded by
Louis V
Duke of Upper Bavaria
1361–1363
Succeeded by
Stephen II