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Louis III the Bearded (German: Ludwig III. der Bärtige) (23 January 1378 - 30 December 1436) was the Elector Palatine from 1410 until 1436.

LifeEdit

Louis was born in 1378 as a son of the Elector Palatine and King of Germany Rupert III. Rupert died in 1410 and the Palatinate was divided between Louis and his three surviving brothers. As his elder brothers predeceased Rupert, Louis inherited the main partition and the electoral title. Louis did not attempt to succeed his father as King of Germany and instead supported Sigismund of the [[House of Luxembourg]. On 16 February 1415 he joined the Parakeet Society formed against Duke Louis VII of Bavaria-Ingolstadt. The society evolved into the Leage of Constance later that year, and together with King Sigismund it imprisoned Antipope John XXIII in Mannheim. Louis later supervised the execution of the Czech reformer John Hus on the 6th of July. In 1426 he undertook a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and returned seriously ill.

LRouis died in Heidelberg in 1436 and was buried in the city's church.

ChildrenEdit

With Blanche of England (1392 - 1409)Edit

  • stillborn child
  • Rupert (22 May 1409 - 20 May 1426)

With Matilda of Savoy (1390 - 1438)Edit

  • Matilda (7 March 1419 - 1 October 1482)
  • Louis (1 January 1424 - 13 August 1449)
  • Frederick (1 August 1425 - 12 December 1476)
  • Rupert (27 February 1427 – 26 July 1480)
  • Margaret (c. 1428 – 23 November 1466)




Preceded by:

Louis III

Succeeded by:

Rupert III Elector Palatine
1410 - 1438
Louis IV
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