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The Harzgau was a medieval 'gau' county near the northeastern Harz mountains in the Eastphalia region of the Duchy of Saxony. It included the towns of Halberstadt, Quedlinburg, and Osterwieck, and was bounded by the Oker in the west, by the Großer Graben in the north, the Bode in the east, and the Harz in the south.

The counts of the Harzgau were:

  • Frederick I, Count of the Harzgau 875/880
  • Frederick II, Count of the Harzgau 937 and 945, son of Frederick I.
  • Volkmar I, Count of the Harzgau (d before 961), probably son of Frederick II.
  • Frederick III, Count of the Harzgau, son of Volkmar
  • Thietmar, Count of the Harzgau and Nordthüringgau, d 3 October 959
  • Frederick (d July 1002/15 March 1003), 995 to 996 count palatine in Saxony, Count of the Harzgau and Nordthüringgau
  • Liutger, 1013 Count, 1021 Count of the Harzgau, 1013 to 1031 (recorded) (Supplinburger family)
  • Bernard (d before 1069), 1052 Count of the Harzgau and Derlingau as well as North Thuringia, 1043 to 1062 (recorded), probably nephew of Liutger
  • Gebhard of Supplinburg (d 9 June 1075 in the Battle of Homburg an der Unstrut), 1052 Count of the Harzgau, son of Bernard, father of Lothair III, Holy Roman Emperor

In the course of the Middle Ages the counts of Wernigerode established themselves in this region.[1]

The county was bordered by the Salzgau, the Derlingau, the Nordthüringgau, the Schwabengau, the Helmengau, and the Liesgau.

By the 14th century, after the disintegration of the Duchy of Saxony, the Harzgau had been replaced by four smaller states:


  1. ^ Habermann, Jan. Die Grafen von Wernigerode. Herrschaftsprofil, Wirkungsbereich and Königsnähe hochadliger Potentaten am Nordharz im späten Mittelalter. Norderstedt, 2008, p. 11