Werdenberg (Holy Roman Empire)

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Territories of the counts of Werdenberg, Werdenberg-Sargans and Montfort in the 14th century

Werdenberg was a county of the Holy Roman Empire situated on either side of the Rhine, including parts of what is now St. Gallen (Switzerland), Liechtenstein, and Vorarlberg (Austria). It is named for Werdenberg Castle, today located in the municipality of Grabs in the Swiss canton of St. Gallen. It was partitioned from Montfort in 1230. In 1260, it was divided into Werdenberg and Sargans, in 1308 Werdenberg was further divided into Werdenberg-Heiligenberg (Linzgau) and Werdenberg-Werdenberg. The Vaduz line of Counts of Werdenberg died out in 1406 and Vaduz passed to the Barons of Brandis.

References[edit]

  • Gerhard Köbler, 'Werdenberg (Grafschaft)', in: Historisches Lexikon der deutschen Länder. Die deutschen Territorien vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart 2nd edition Munich 1989, p. 605.