Margarethe Tirol
Margarethe Tirol

Margarethe Maultasch

The aristocrat loved to live at Castel Neuhaus, also called Castel Casanova, located above Terlano.

Actually her name was Margarethe from Tyrol – Gorizia. She was the daughter of Henry III, the Count of Tyrol and Duke of Carinthia and Adelheid von Braunschweig, Countess of Tyrol. Margarethe Maultasch was born in 1318 and has been married to Heinrich von Böhmen already from 1330. Heinrich was even four years younger than the bride and has already been sent to Tyrol by his father with five years only. The chemistry between the two was not right from the beginning and so her “husband” did not want to learn German. Negative feelings between the two prevail.
After the death of his father in 1335, according to an agreement, only Margarethe could come in to an inheritance, but her husband deported himself as he was the Earl of Tyrol. His brother Karl came to advice his brother, as he was politically more skilled than Johann Heinrich. Margarethe and her Tyrolean friends did not take pleasure in these happenings and they started scheming a plan in order to banish Johann Heinrich from the country.
In November of the year 1341 she succeeded and Johann Hienrich had to leave the country. Someday all the doors were shut to him and he tried hard to find another stay. Shortly afterwards Margarethe announced that marriage has never been consummated. Another sensation was caused by the fact that Margarethe married Ludwig I. von Brandenburg, son of the Emperor in Merano in the presence of His Majesty in 1342. Despite of admonishments of the Curia.

The inhabitants of Tyrol were happy about this decision, as the territorial lord brought them many advantages and privileges.
Both for political and canonical reasons, the firs marriage of Margarethe could not be elided by Pope Clemens VI. Moreover they were related in the third degree and for this reason the Pope did not even recognise the second marriage. This marriage was excommunicated, but on vehement complains by Johann Clemens the first marriage was finally divorced in 1349. Margarethe Maultasch had a rather yeasty life and also continued in this way.

It is well established that Margarethe loved to sojourn at Castel Neuhaus in Terlano. In colloquial language this castle is also called “mala tasca”, which means mousetrap, due to the custon facilites that were located right below. For this reason also Margarethe was called this way.

Second option: “Maultasch” also means “whore, slatternly trull” which might be referable to pontifical and Bohemian propaganda. Furthermore on paintings Margarethe was often presented as if she was ugly, which did not stretch the truth. Her appearance was rather connected to her reputation. Margarethe died in 1369 in Vienna.

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