The most prominent guests

From the House of Habsburg

Emperor Friedrich, III and his son, Duke Maximilian, also called the “Last Knight“ in the latter years, who were related to the bride and bridegroom. They were travelling from Cologne to Vienna, and in turn were accompanied by the Turkish Emperor’s` brother, together with a further 600 people and horses, Counts and Lords, musicians and servants.

The Emperor, who is described in the history books as “much maligned”, proved to be “uprisingly sociable” at the wedding feast. He called the bride to the first dance, but made it quite clear he was “past dancing” at his age. Duke Sigmund of Austria, the Emperors` cousin, who was accompanied by margrave Albrecht of Baden. Both had 250 horses.

From Saxony

Margarethe, widow of Prince elector Friedrich Duke of Saxony, born Duchess of Austria. She was also the bride`s grandmother. Christine, Margarethe`s granddaughter, and daughter to the Prince elector Ernst of Saxony. At Margarethe`s court in Wittenberg, the bride was met by the Bavarian escort delegation. From here, a part of the bride`s delegation returned home to Poland. Margarethe travelled with 385 horses.

From the Paletine

Count Paletine Philipp of Amberg who`s father was Prince elector Ludwig of Paletine. His wife in turn, was the bridegroom`s sister. They had celebrated their wedding a year previously in Amberg. Duke Otto II of Neumarkt, the son of Otto I and Johanna, who in turn was Duke Ludwig`s sister. Otto was spearhead of the delegation whitch had travelled to Wittenberg to escort the bride to Landshut. Duke Johann of Neumarkt, Otto II brother.

From Brandenburg

Margrave Albrecht (called Achilles), Prince elector of Brandenburg, his wife Anna, daughter of Prince elector Friedrich of Saxony and sister to the Landshuter Duchess Amalie. The Prince elector Albrecht proved to be an outstanding “Master of Ceremonies” during the wedding festivities, showing great organisation and retorical talent. Albrecht and his wife travelled with no less than 1370 horses. He brought almost all of his royal court with him, including a group of over a hundred fine noblemaids. Before leaving, he gave invitations to a feast in Ansbach. Margrave Friedrich, Albrecht`s son, later married Hedwig`s sister Sophia.

From Württemberg

Count Ulrich (the elder) of Württemberg (his late wife Elisabeth was the sister of Landshut`s Duke Ludwig). Count Eberhard, Ulrich`s son, and his wife Elisabeth, who was Albrecht`s daughter. The Württemberger travelled with 582 horses.

From Bavaria

(Not including the Duke`s family in Landshut who were of course the hosts). The Dukes Albrecht, Christoph and Wolfgang of Bavaria – Munich. The three brothers came in seperate groups. Together they had 609 horses. Albrecht and his followers formed an espalier as the bride arrived in Landshut. Christoph was outstanding in the jousting tournament. Albrecht and Christoph couldn`t conceal their fierce rivalry for supremacy in Munich.

Princely Religious Leaders

Bernhard Archbishop of Salzburg, with the Bishop of Chiemsee and the Provost of Berchtesgaden. The bishops of Bamberg, Eichstätt, Augsburg, Freising and Passau. The bishop of Würzburg was represented by his councilors.

Ambassadors of the Imperial free cities of

Regensburg, Nürnberg, Ulm, Nördlingen, Dinkelsbühl, Augsburg, Donauwörth and Frankfurt. The council of the town of Straubing were also mentioned.

Polish Nobility

Lord Albert Monawitt, leader of the Polish Delegation together with 50 people and horses. Sinowitz, the Queen`s councilor with 24 people and horses. The Queen`s Marshall with 16 people and horses. Two Woiwod`s with 60 people and horses. Lord Thomas Trintschinky, former vice treasurer to the Polish King. Kannon of the churches of Krakau and Posen. He was responsible for the bride`s dowry register.

Ambassador to Ladislaus, King of Bohemia, the bride`s brother

Lord Burian of Guttenstein with 100 people and horses. As far as the jousting tournament was concerned we can now see that it wasn`t just a matter of “defending one`s honour”, or recieving a prize from the hand of a fair lady. There was always a danger that things could “get out of control”, and the atmosphere become “ volatile” . It was clear that the Emperor could have cancelled the jousting, fearing the spreading of rumours that in 1475 in Landshut the atmosphere was overheated because of cultural differences and communication difficulty.