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Burgrave

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** Ustinov x Burggraaf

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Alexander zu Dohna-Schlobitten (1661–1728)

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The Jacobin. Opera in 3 Acts, Op. 84 - Act 1, Scene 6

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Burgrave also rendered as Burggrave, was since the medieval period in Europe the official title for the ruler of a castle, especially a royal or episcopal castle, and its territory called a Burgraviate or Burgravate. The burgrave was a "count" in rank equipped with judicial powers, under the direct authority of the Emperor or King, or if a territorial imperial state—a prince-bishop or territorial lord. The responsibilities were administrative, military and jurisdictional. A burgrave, who ruled over a substantially large territory, may also have possessed the regality of coinage, and could mint their own regional coins.
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