that may have far reaching effects on the Duchy of Hesse Seewald.
Friar Aelred Glidden discovered an old parchment in the abbey's
archives indicating that the ancesterial lands of the House of Seewald
were never incorporated into the Holy Roman Empire. This means that the
County of Munden, owned by the von Seewald family since 1156 AD, is not
under the jurisdiction of the Holy Roman Empire.
The Munden Times editorial board speculates that the Herzog Georg
Ludwig I may emulate the House of Brandenburg and declare himself "King
in Hesse Seewald" at some future date. While other land holdings of the
Herzog lie within the boundaries of the HRE, the exclusion of the
County of Munden leave the Herzog free to take any title of his choice.
Could our country soon become The Kingdom of Hesse-Seewald?
In a related story, the Munden Times confirmed reports that our Herzog Georg Ludwig plans to move his court to the larger, and more central, city of Gotha. The citizens of Saxe-Gotha, whose domains passed on to the House of Seewald following the untimely death of Herzog Karl V, are excited to have the seat of government in their fair city.