List of marches
This is a list of European medieval marches.
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At the beginning of his rule as king of Germany, Otto I tried to reorganize his realm to prepare an expansion to the East. At the beginning of the year 937, he created two marches: the March of the Billungen, given to Hermann Billung, later Duke of Saxony; and the Eastern march, given to Gero. In 961, when Billung became Duke of Saxony, his March was merged with the duchy. In the case of Gero, Otto I, now emperor, decided the division of his territories, greatly expanded since 937.
- March of Billung (937-961): Carved from the Duchy of Saxony, then merged back.
- 937-961: Hermann Billung
- Danish March, German buffer zone against the Danes
- March of Gero, sometimes called Nordmark or Ostmark (937-965): Carved from the Duchy of Saxony, then divided in five marches.
- 937-965: Gero
- Nordmark, later known as March of Brandenburg (from 965): Carved from the March of Gero.
- Ostmark, sometime confused with Nordmark, later known as Lusatia (from 965): Carved from the March of Gero.
- Meissen, also called March of Thuringia (from 965): Carved from the March of Gero.
- Merseburg (965-982): Carved from the March of Gero, annexed to Meissen.
- 965-982: Günther
- Zeitz (965-979): Carved from the March of Gero, annexed to Meissen.
- 965-979: Wigger I
- March of Moravia (1182-1918): Created by Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor.
In 861, Charles the Bald, king of France, created two marches to protect his realm from warriors coming from Brittany and Normandy. Both were named March of Neustria, but will be known as March of Brittany and March of Normandy. In 863, the king created the March of Flanders.
- March of Brittany (861-987): Annexed to the Kingdom of France.
- 861-866: Robert the Strong
- March of Normandy (861-987): Annexed to the Kingdom of France.
- March of Flanders (863-877): Downgraded to a County afterwards.
- 863-877: Baldwin I
Three marches belonging to the Holy Roman Empire were created in the Low Countries:
- March of Antwerp (974-1190): Became part of the Duchy of Brabant.
- March of Ename (974-1033): Captured by Baldwin IV, Count of Flanders and became Imperial Flanders.
- March of Valenciennes (974-1071): Became part of the County of Hainaut.
- Ostmark, later known as Austria.
- Carinthia (889-1012), later a Duchy.
- Friuli (776-927)
- Carniola (927-1071): Carved from Friuli, annexed to the Patriarchy of Aquileia.
- Istria (1062-1209): Carved from Carinthia, annexed to the Patriarchy of Aquileia.
- Verona (1061-1250): Created by the Emperor as a gift, annexed to Austria.
- Tuscany (931-1173): Created by the Italian king Hugh of Arles for his brother, then annexed to the Empire.
- 931-936: Boso of Tuscany
- Ivrea (888-1015): Created by Guy III of Spoleto
- Spanish March, also named Gothia and Septimania (806-885): Created to protect Frankish heartland from Al-Andalus invasions, merged into Aquitaine.
- Upper March (al-Tagr al-A'la al-Andalusi), centered on Zaragoza: created to protect the Emirate of Cordoba from Frankish coastal and east-Pyrenees invasions.
- Middle March (al-Tagr al-Awsat), centered on Toledo and later Medinaceli: created to protect the Emirate of Cordoba from invasions from the west-Pyrenees and Asturias.
- Lower March (al-Tagr al-Adna) or Distant March (al-Tagr al-Aqsa), centered on Mérida: created to protect the Emirate of Cordoba from Asturian incursions.
- Castile, named for the fortifications typical of a march: created to protect the Asturian kingdom from Cordoban invasions. It developed into a county, then a kingdom.
- Provence (905-1105): From 975 it became a family title, the eldest bearing it. It disappeared after the death of Raymond IV of Toulouse.
- 905-936: Hugh of Italy
- 936-948: Hugh, Duke of Burgundy
- 948-975: Conrad of Burgundy
- 975-993: William I of Provence
- 993-1005: Rotbold II of Provence
- 1005-1014: Rotbold III of Provence
- 1014-1037: William III of Provence
- 1037-1051: Fulk Bertrand of Provence
- 1051-1061: Geoffrey I of Provence
- 1061-1094: William Bertrand of Provence
- 1094-1105: Raymond IV of Toulouse
- Aquitaine (885-886): Successor to the Spanish March, became a Duchy.
March as modern-era regional toponym
- Altmark (Old March), region in northern Saxony-Anhalt
- Altmarkkreis Salzwedel, district of Saxony-Anhalt
- Denmark, a sovereign state
- Finnmark, a county of Norway
- Grenzmark Posen-West Prussia, province of Prussia (1922–1938)
- Hedmark, a county of Norway
- Kurmark (Electoral March), former expression for a region in today's western Brandenburg
- Lappmarken, a region and former governorate in northern Sweden
- March of Brandenburg (colloquial, but not official), state of Germany
- Marche, region of Italy
- Mittelmark (Middle March), region in central Brandenburg
- Potsdam-Mittelmark, district of Brandenburg
- New March, former expression for a region in western Poland
- Telemark, a county of Norway
- Uckermark, a region in northeastern Brandenburg and southern Vorpommern
- Uckermark (district), a district of Brandenburg
- Commandery (jùn), the equivalent Chinese territory