Duchy of Bavaria

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Duchy of Bavaria

Herzogtum Bayern  (German)
Ducatus Bavariae  (Latin)
c. 555–1623
Duchy of Bavaria (red, including the Austrian march) within the Holy Roman Empire circa 1000.
Duchy of Bavaria (red, including the Austrian march) within the Holy Roman Empire circa 1000.
Duchy of Bavaria within the Holy Roman Empire, 1618
Duchy of Bavaria within the Holy Roman Empire, 1618
StatusStem duchy of East Francia and the Kingdom of Germany (843–962)
State of the Holy Roman Empire (from 962)
CapitalRegensburg (until 1255)
Munich (from 1505)
Common languagesBavarian, Latin
Religion
Roman Catholic
GovernmentFeudal monarchy
Duke 
Historical eraMedieval Europe
• Garibald I, first documented duke
c. 555
• Margrave Arnulf
   assumed ducal title
907
• Carinthia split off
976
1156
1180
1503
• Raised to Electorate
1623
Preceded by
Succeeded by
East Francia
Bavaria-Munich
Electorate of Bavaria
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Bohemian Palatinate
Today part ofGermany
Austria
Italy
Slovenia

The Duchy of Bavaria (German: Herzogtum Bayern) was a region ruled by dukes in the southeastern part of the Merovingian kingdom that existed from about 555–1623.