Johann IV, Count of Katzenelnbogen

Johann IV, Count of Katzenelnbogen (c.1363 - 27 October 1444) was one of the last members of the younger line of the House of Katzenelnbogen. He ruled the reunited County of Katzenelnbogen.

Johann IV, Count of Katzenelnbogen
Died27 October 1444
Rheinfels Castle
Noble familyHouse of Katzenelnbogen
Spouse(s)Anna of Katzelnbogen
FatherDiether VIII, Count of Katzenelnbogen
MotherElisabeth of Nassau-Wiesbaden

His father was Diether VIII, a count of Katzenelnbogen from the younger line of the House of Katzenelnbogen, and ruled mainly in Upper Katzenelnbogen. Johann's mother was Elisabeth, a daughter of Adolph I of Nassau-Wiesbaden (1307–1370).

In 1383, Johann IV married Anna of Katzenelnbogen, a distant cousin from the older line of Katzenelnbogen,[1] and they had at least one son: Philipp I (1402–1479). Philipp I was the last male member of the House of Katzenelnbogen. He had two sons: Philipp II (1427–1453) and Eberhard (d. 1456), however, they both predeceased him. After Philipp I's death, his daughter Anna inherited the County, including Dornberg Castle, and so it fell to her husband, Henry III, Landgrave of Upper Hesse.

Johann was important in the history of Riesling. In 1435 Klaus Kleinfisch, an administrator of Johann, bought a new white grape variety from a vineyard in Rüsselsheim for 22 shillings. In this invoice, the name Riesling is mentioned for the first time in a document.[2]

Johann died 27 October 1444 at Rheinfels Castle. His body was later transferred to Eberbach Abbey, which had been the family's burial site since Eberhard I of Katzenelnbogen. [3]



  1. ^ Bader, Karl S. (1959-08-01). "Regesten der Grafen von Katzenelnbogen 1060–1486. Bearbeitet von Karl E. Demandt". Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte. Germanistische Abteilung. 76 (1): 435–438. doi:10.7767/zrgga.1959.76.1.435. ISSN 2304-4861.
  2. ^ "Prof. Dr. Alexander Demandt über die Geschichte des Riesling". Retrieved 2021-03-03.
  3. ^ Monsees, Yvonne (2009). Grabmäler im Kloster Eberbach ein Rundgang. Eltville. ISBN 978-3-00-027060-4. OCLC 609659418.

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