Count John IV of Nassau-Siegen[note 1] (1 August 1410 – 3 February 1475), German: Johann IV. Graf von Nassau-Siegen, official titles: Graf zu Nassau, Vianden und Diez, Herr zu Breda, was since 1442 Count of Nassau-Siegen[note 2] (a part of the County of Nassau), of Vianden and of half Diez, and Lord of Breda and of de Lek. He descended from the Ottonian Line of the House of Nassau. He managed to expand his possessions in the Netherlands, where he was in the service of the Dukes of Burgundy.
John IV, Count of Nassau-Siegen
|Count of Nassau-Siegen|
Count of Vianden
Count of Diez
Lord of Breda
|Coat of arms|
John IV, Count of Nassau-Siegen
|Native name||Johann IV. Graf von Nassau-Siegen|
|Born||Johann Graf zu Nassau, Vianden und Diez, Herr zu Breda|
1 August 1410
|Died||3 February 1475 (aged 64)|
|Buried||Grote Kerk, Breda|
|Noble family||House of Nassau-Siegen|
|Spouse(s)||Mary of Loon-Heinsberg|
|Father||Engelbert I of Nassau-Siegen|
|Mother||Joanne of Polanen|
In the service of the Dukes of BurgundyEdit
John was a loyal servant of the Dukes of Burgundy, who was still called up for military service even when he was well into his fifties, but he was not one of the closest noble advisors of Philip ‘the Good’ and Charles ‘the Bold’. Like his father, John was never admitted to the Order of the Golden Fleece. John can best be characterised as a wealthy nobleman who faithfully fought in the campaigns for which he was called up; he was not known for spectacular deeds or revolutionary ideas. The campaigns he took part in are therefore more typical of the politics of the Dukes of Burgundy than of his own preferences and interests.
Philip ‘the Good’, who since 1430 had been Duke of Brabant and since 1433 Count of Holland, the countries in which John’s father’s possessions lay, appointed John already in 1435 or 1436[note 4] – so before the death of his father – as drost of Brabant. As drost, he was the highest judicial officer in the duchy who dealt with the cases that did not ressorted to a specific court. It was not a very politically sensitive office, although he could be assisted by archers on foot and horseback and received an annual payment of 600 Philippusguilders. John held this office until his death. In 1447 or 1448 John was also appointed drost (castellan) of the Land van Heusden.[note 5]
Because of Philip the Good’s interest in the Middle East, where his grandfather had suffered a grievous defeat at Nicopolis in 1396 that was still unreconciled, and the ever-increasing threat to Constantinople from the Ottoman Empire, John undertook a journey to the island of Rhodes on Philip’s orders from May 1441 to February 1442, to see how the infidels could best be combated, but this led to nothing.
In the lands of Philip the Good there was still a lot of unrest, like in the County of Holland, where in the 1440’s the struggle between the Hooks and Cods had flared up again. In 1445, Philip was obliged to personally put things in order and John was one of the commanders of the army. John is said to have advised to have the city councils consist of 50% Hooks and 50% Cods. This was not a bad idea, but later historians exaggerate when they say that this ended all unrest.
More dangerous for Philip was the rebellion of the Flemish city of Ghent, which wanted to maintain its autonomy undiminished, and opposed the centralising policy of the Dukes of Burgundy. In 1452 John was part of the army that had to force the rebellious city to obedience. Also the aspirations for autonomy of the city of Liège clashed with the system of government of the Dukes of Burgundy. Formally, Liège was not even part of the Burgundian territory, but in 1456 a nephew of Philip, Louis of Bourbon, was forcibly appointed Prince-Bishop of Liège. In the same year Philip’s illegitimate son David of Burgundy was appointed Bishop of Utrecht. On both occasions, John was commander of the army that had to force the newly appointed shepherds to their faithful. The citizens of Utrecht accepted the inevitable for the time being, but in Liège the unrest remained for many years, until in 1465 it came to an armed outburst. Again, John was part of the army that had to subdue the city liberties and in the Battle of Montenaken he was the commander of the victorious army division. He was also present at the at the capture of Dinant in August 1466. Even during the reign of Charles ‘the Bold’, John still was, despite his advanced age, often in the field.
John's father had realised in time that the future lay with the Dukes of Burgundy; John drew the consequences and served the dukes faithfully, also by helping them to unscrupulously subdue city autonomy. This naturally benefited the position of his dynasty, from which his son Engelbert II and grandson Henry III were to benefit. They rose so high in the favour of the dukes that they could actively influence politics.
Count of Nassau-Siegen, Vianden and DiezEdit
John succeeded his father in 1442 together with his brother Henry II.[note 6] However, the County of Vianden had already been assigned to Henry by the marriage contract on 18 May 1415. John, his brother Henry and their distant cousin Count John I of Nassau-Beilstein were granted Greifenstein Castle as a fief and a part of the proceeds from the toll in Lahnstein by Roman King Frederick III in 1442. Together with his brother, John inherited the property of their uncle Count John II ‘with the Helmet’ in 1443. On 22 February 1447 John and his brother Henry divided their possessions, whereby John received the possessions in the Netherlands, ¼ of the County of Vianden, as well as Herborn. The division treaty was signed in Cologne.
After the death of his brother in 1451, who had only one daughter, John inherited his brother’s possessions and was granted the County of Diez as a fief by Archbishop James I of Trier on 4 November 1451. This put an end to the long-running dispute over that county between the archbishop and John’s brother Henry.
John took part in the Soest Feud at the side of Archbishop Thierry II of Cologne, together with Count John I of Nassau-Beilstein, the latter’s son Philip and brother Count Henry III of Nassau-Beilstein. Philip died in that feud in 1446. John received the office of Marshal of Westphalia[note 7] in gratitude from the archbishop, but exchanged it for pledged Rhine tolls in 1455. The Rhine tolls had always been an important concern for the Counts of Nassau, because the iron trade and the exchange of vital goods with the Netherlands took place over the Rhine.
Approximately midway between their possessions in the Netherlands and their counties in Germany the Counts of Nassau owned a house in the city of Cologne (‘das achte Haus von der Goltgassenecken nach St. Cunibert hin’), which made the connection between the two areas easier for them. His widespread possessions forced John to travel constantly, in order to govern his possessions well. When John was in his county, he governed it from Siegen or Dillenburg. The increasing citizenry in the city of Siegen was a thorn in John’s side, but he did not succeed in enforcing any special rights there. Siegen’s city privileges were co-granted by John’s ancestor Count Henry I of Nassau-Siegen in 1303.
The County of Nassau-Siegen was divided into districts (Ämter). In each district (Amt) the count appointed an Amtmann. These were members of the local nobility and deputised for the count. They had a number of servants to guard the public order. In times of war they formed the core of the army. Because of John's sometimes long absences, these Amtmänner had unlimited power. One of these was Philipp von Bicken, appointed by John. During John’s long absence, however, von Bicken used the trust placed in him and his own power base in the Haiger Mark to repeatedly overstep his authority, to such an extent that he arrogated territorial lord rights to himself, in order to increase his family’s still very considerable possessions. He fell into disfavour with John in 1466 and von Bicken fled the county and put himself under Hessian protection. It was not until 1486 that John’s son John V was able to definitively subjugate the von Bicken Family.
For the administration of justice, the county had a Schultheiß in most of the districts. The oldest preserved ordinance for the Schultheiß of the Dillenburg district is from 10 April 1465, which contains only a part of his tasks and authority. In this ordinance the provisions on matrimonial law are prominently present. The Reichshofgericht in Rottweil was competent for appeals. For the Blutgerichtsbarkeit (high jurisdiction) the Hochgericht was competent. The Ebersbach district had its own Hochgericht auf dem Stein. During the executions there, the count occasionally wielded the sword himself in order to behead the criminals. But mostly he left that to the executioners. Also the other punishments and fines, which the count himself imposed in special cases, to give an example, were not insignificant for the monetary value of the time.
When the count’s family started staying in the county more often, a court was established. The financial administration was still relatively simple; there was no distinction between the public and the private treasury of the count. All income flowed into the private treasury of the count. The count received the revenues from the farms in the villages in kind, which were supplied by the serfs working there. With the increase in coinage, which resulted in payments in kind being increasingly replaced by payments in money, the office of Rentmeister became more and more important. The count’s fixed income included the Mai und Herbst Bede, which were levied on land tenure. There was also the Leibbede, a personal tax, which was levied when the serf died and had to be paid by his relatives. This originally consisted of the best piece of livestock, but was later replaced by a sum of money. Finally, there was a hearth tax, which had to be paid during Lent. The irregular revenues of the count included first of all the so-called Schatzungen, taxes for special expenses and emergencies. Then there was the income from tolls, which were often leased to subjects. This also applied to fishing rights, which the count owned. Taxes were also levied in the cities, on houses, gardens, fields and meadows. A not inconsiderable source of income for the Counts of Nassau has always been the iron toll. A charter of 1 April 1470 concerning the tariffs in Siegen, Netphen and Wilnsdorf lists the individual taxes for pig iron, steel, cast iron pans, metal sheets, scythes, cauldrons, etc. in detail. The expenses included the travels of the count and his family, celebrations at court, the remuneration of officials, court clothes, altar candles and communion wine, but especially the workmen and materials for construction work at the various castles. John had Dillenburg Castle – which until then had been used primarily as a stronghold against the unruly local nobility – extended in the period 1453–1467 and rebuilt into a residential castle for the count’s family.
On 28 May 1470, Emperor Frederick III confirmed and granted John permission to purchase rights to the toll in Königsdorf and the associated tolls in Mülheim, Brück, Lövenich, Widdersdorf, Bocklemünd, Merheim and Blatzheim, as well as other rights from the Archdiocese of Cologne. The late Archbishop Thierry II had transferred these tolls and rights to John, with the approval of the Chapter, as compensation for the losses caused by the Archbishop and the Archdiocese. This was evident to the Emperor from the copies of four charters signed by Thierry, which were presented to him, granting John the rights to these tolls and rights, which he still owned and had been using up until then, for the unhindered use of himself and his heirs.
John was one of the princes ordered by the Emperor on 12 June 1470 to wage war against Count palatine Frederick I. John had the confidence of the Emperor. This is shown by the fact that in 1472 the Emperor ordered John to question witnesses as his commissioner in the lawsuit in the Kammergericht between the citizens of Nauborn and the city of Wetzlar. In a summons to the Schöffen of Wetzlar – sent by Count Philip II of Nassau-Weilburg with John’s letter of attorney – the hearings are mentioned to take place on 12 October in Siegen. And on 30 June 1474, the Emperor informed the mayors and the city council of Cologne that he would soon pay off part of his debt of 2,000 Rhenish guilders by having John pay them the sum of 600 guilders.
John also seems to have been on the best of terms with the church. In any case, he received a so-called Butterbrief from Pope Sixtus IV (dated Rome 25 February 1472), which allowed the inhabitants of his cities and castles to consume butter during Lent, and milk food – apart from cheese – instead of oil, because they lived in a cold region, where no olive oil grew and hardly any fish was available.
Expansion of his possessions in the NetherlandsEdit
In the Netherlands, since the death of his father, John owned the heerlijkheid of Breda, Geertruidenberg, Klundert (or Niervaart), Oosterhout and Dongen, a house on the Koudenberg in Brussels (later called the Palace of Nassau), a house in Mechelen, the heerlijkheid of the Lek, Monster and Polanen, Zundert and Nispen, and the heerlijkheid of Drimmelen. On 27 February 1458, John bought the heerlijkheden of Gageldonk and Hambroeck. In the same year he acquired Steenbergen by the division of the joint ownership of that heerlijkheid between Breda and the Lord of Strijen. He freed the heerlijkheid of Breda from the feudal ties to the Margraviate of Antwerp and brought it directly under Brabant. He also increased the liberties of the city of Breda.
Through his marriage to Lady Mary of Loon-Heinsberg, John obtained the heerlijkheden of Herstal, Vught, Gangelt, Waldfeucht and the Land of Millen, so that he possessed ¼ of the Duchy of Jülich. The King of the Netherlands still bears the title of Baron of Herstal.
At John’s request, Emperor Frederick III declared on 28 May 1470 that by granting the entire Duchy of Jülich to Duke Gerhard VII, the claims of Philippa of Loon-Heinsberg and her sister Mary, John’s wife, were not to be affected. Apparently this had no effect, because in 1471 or 1472 the Emperor ordered Duke Charles ‘the Bold’ of Burgundy to settle on his behalf the dispute between Gerhard on the one hand and John and his wife Mary on the other. In 1474, the Emperor withdrew the order to Charles ‘the Bold’ and instead transferred the matter to Archbishop John II of Trier. However, the dispute was only settled when on 25 August 1499 John’s son Engelbert II transferred his half of the castle and the land of Millen with the towns of Gangelt and Vught to Duke William of Jülich and Berg and received in exchange from the latter on 27 August 1499 the city and the land of Diest and the castle and the land of Zichem and Zeelhem.
Dispute with his sisterEdit
John came into conflict with his sister Mary. She filed a complaint against her brother with Emperor Frederick III for forcibly removing her inheritance and goods. On 14 October 1463, the Emperor appointed Abbot Reinhard of Fulda as his attorney and instructed him to summon both parties to a trial on his behalf, to interrogate them and to give judgment. The abbot could – if necessary – examine witnesses and – if necessary – threaten these witnesses with punishment in order to force them to testify, as well as to carry out the proceedings in all respects in the event that one of the parties did not appear. The abbot summoned John by letter of 17 August 1464 to appear before him 45 days later in Salmünster. John received this summons on 2 September 1464 in Vianden from the hands of the servus et nuncius of the abbot.
The abbot’s judgment is unknown, as is what happened next. As on 7 July 1465, the Emperor informed Mary that John had appealed against the judgment by Archbishop John II of Trier unfavourable to him, and summoned her to appear before him on the 45th day after receipt of this summons or on the first day of the following court and informed her that, even if she did not appear, the trial would take place. What happened afterwards is also unclear. What is known is that the Emperor summoned John for the settlement of the inheritance dispute with his sister, because on 9 February 1467 Mary appointed attorneys for the trial. That is the last preserved record of the dispute.
Last years, death, funeral and successionEdit
John signed an inheritance treaty with his sons on 4 May 1472, in which it was decided to divide the possessions after John’s death. The eldest son, Engelbert II, would get the possessions in the Netherlands, while the youngest son, John V, would get the possessions right of the River Rhine (Nassau-Siegen and Diez).
John died in Dillenburg on 3 February 1475 and was buried under the grave monument in the Grote Kerk in Breda.[note 8] His heart was interred in the church in Feldbach and transferred to the Evangelische Stadtkirche in Dillenburg around 1495, where the tombstone made in 1479 with the inscription ‘hie liegt des edeln und wolgeboren Johan graven czu Nassaw czu Dietz czu Vianden her czu Breda sin herz begraben dem Got genedig sie. Obiit anno domini MCCCCXXV of sant Blasius tag 1479’ can still be seen. He was succeeded by his sons Engelbert II and John V in accordance with the division treaty of 1472.
Marriage and issueEdit
John married on 7 February 1440[note 9] to Lady Mary of Loon-Heinsberg (1424[note 10] – 20 April 1502[note 11]), daughter of Lord John II of Loon-Heinsberg and Countess Anne of Solms.
From the marriage of John and Mary the following children were born:
- Anne (1440 or 1441 – Celle, 5 or 8 April 1514), married:
- Joanne (1444 – May 1468), married on 14 October 1464 to Count Philip I of Waldeck-Waldeck (1445 – 1475).
- Ottilie (ca. 1445 – Alkmaar, 22 April 1495). Was a nun in the Bethany Abbey near Mechelen until 1463 and then in the Saint Catherinadal Abbey in Breda 1463–1476. Was first prioress of Vredenburg Abbey in Bavel 1476–1495.
- Adriana (Breda, 7 February 1449 – 11 or 15 June 1477), married on 12 September 1468 to Count Philip I of Hanau-Münzenberg (21 September 1449 – 26 August 1500).
- Count Engelbert II ‘the Illustrious’ (Breda, 17 May 1451 – Brussels, 31 May 1504), succeeded his father in the possessions in the Netherlands. Married in Koblenz on 19 December 1468 to Margravine Cimburga of Baden (15 May 1450 – Breda, 5 July 1501).
- Count John V (Breda, 9 November 1455 – Dillenburg or Siegen, 30 July 1516), succeeded his father in Nassau-Siegen and Diez. Married in Marburg on 11 February 1482 to Landgravine Elisabeth of Hesse-Marburg (Marburg, May 1466 – Cologne, 17 January 1523).
John had two illegitimate children:
- Jan van Nassau (? – 29 November 1506), castellan of Heusden Castle. Son of Aleid van Loemel. Was granted the castles and heerlijkheden Corroy and Frasne as a fief on 29 April 1485, after he had bought it from his halfbrother Engelbert II. In 1492, however, these properties reverted to Engelbert II. He married (marriage contract Loon op Zand, 4 November 1470) to Adriana van Haastrecht (? – 8 October 1512).
- Adriaan van Nassau. Bought Thommes and Auimel in 1469. On 7 October 1509 he still received 100 guilders annually from the Rentamt of St. Vith. He married to Katharina von Brandscheid, Lady of Reinhardstein.
- In many sources he is called John IV of Nassau(-Dillenburg).
- The County of Nassau-Siegen is erroneously called Nassau-Dillenburg in many sources. The county was not named after the small, unimportant city of Dillenburg, which did not even have a church at that time, but after the, for that time, large city of Siegen, the economic centre of the county and the counts’ main residence. See Lück (1981), passim. It is also evident from the numbering of the reigning counts with the name John. One John without number who ruled the County of Nassau-Dillenburg in the period 1303–1328, and eight counts by the name of John who ruled the County of Nassau-Siegen in the period 1362–1638.
- Most of the sources do not mention a place of birth. Van Ditzhuyzen (2004), p. 151 mentions Dillenburg as place of birth, but that place of birth is very unlikely as his parents resided in the Netherlands in those days.
- Van Ditzhuyzen (2004), p. 151, Dek (1970), p. 69, Blok (1911), p. 1218 and Vorsterman van Oyen (1882), p. 93 mention the year 1436. Jansen (1979), p. 30 and Schutte (1979), p. 41 mention the year 1435.
- Van Ditzhuyzen (2004), p. 152 and Dek (1970), p. 69 mention the year 1448. Schutte (1979), p. 41 and Vorsterman van Oyen (1882), p. 93 mention the year 1447.
- Van Ditzhuyzen (2004), p. 152 on the other hand, writes that John inherited all possessions of his father in 1442.
- Schutte (1979), p. 41, Dek (1970), p. 69 and Vorsterman van Oyen (1882), p. 93 mention that John received this office in 1449 or 1450.
- The sources do not mention a date of burial. Only Van der Aa (1860), p. 87 states that the funeral took place on 13 February. However, ten days does not seem to be enough to firstly transfer the body from Dillenburg to Breda and secondly for the guests to arrive in time for the funeral.
- The sources do not mention a place of marriage. Van Ditzhuyzen (2004), p. 151 mentions the date of marriage 7/17 February 1440.
- Van Ditzhuyzen (2004), p. 151, however, mentions 1426 as year of birth.
- Lück (1981), p. 25 is the only one to mention a place of death, namely Siegen. However, he also mentions that Mary was buried in the St. John’s Church of the Franciscan monastery in Siegen, which was founded by her son John V. All other sources, however, mention that she was buried in the Grote Kerk in Breda. Since Mary is not mentioned in the records of the members of the House of Nassau buried in St. Mary’s Church in Siegen – where they were reburied in 1836 from the aforementioned monastery church –, the author probably made a mistake.
- Van Ditzhuyzen (2004), p. 151.
- Schutte (1979), p. 41.
- Dek (1970), p. 69.
- Blok (1911), p. 1218.
- Vorsterman van Oyen (1882), p. 93.
- Becker (1983), p. 12.
- Jansen (1979), p. 30.
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- Huberty, et al. (1981), p. 219.
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