Gebhard III of Sulzbach

Gebhard III of Sulzbach
Born c 1114
Died 28 October 1188
Nationality Bavarian
Occupation Knight

Count Gebhard III of Sulzbach (also: Gebhard II of Sulzbach; born around 1114; † 28. October 1188) came from the noble Counts of Sulzbach and was a son of Count Berengar II of Sulzbach and his second wife, Adelheid of Dießen-Wolfratshausen.


After his father's death he was appointed to the County of Sulzbach in 1125 and was next to that, inter alia, Count of Floß as well as Margrave from 1146 to 1149. He probably married Mathilda on 24 October 1129, a daughter of Henry IX, Duke of Bavaria (also called Henry the Black), with whom he had five children with and died on 16 March 1183.

After the death of his sister Matilda of Sulzbach in 1165, Gebhard agreed with her widower Engelberg III, Count of Kraiburg & Margrave of Istria on 22 December 1165 in term of their extensive inheritance in Chiemgau. He was also the heir after 1144 to the castle of Warburg.

Gebhard survived all his children. With his death in 1188, the noble lineage of the Counts of Sulzbach died out "in the male line", since his only son Berengar II died childless.


More offices

As Count of Sulzbach, Gebhard was also in the service of the Hohenstaufens and equally rivals of the Diepolding-Rapoto families in Nordgau, which as Margraves of Cham and Nabburg were henchmen of the Salians.

Gebhard was not only the Vogt of Berchtesgaden, but also the Vogt of the Regensburg cathedral, Vogt of Niedermünster and of Passau-Niedernburg.


Gebhard had 5 children with his wife Matilda:

Name Ambiguity

In some documents he is referred to as Gebhard III and other times Gebhard II.



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