Rudolf II, Count Palatine of the Rhine

Rudolf II "the blind" was Count Palatine of the Rhine from 1329 to 1354. He was born in Wolfratshausen, the son of Rudolf I, Duke of Bavaria, Mechtild of Nassau, daughter of King Adolf of Nassau-Weilburg, his uncle was Emperor Louis IV. During his childhood, his father and his uncle fought over their inheritance. After the death of his father, his family was placed under the guardianship of Duke Johann von Nassau, a partisan of the Austrian cause, his uncle, Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor had taken the Palatinate by force of arms. In August 1322, the war came to an end, but only after Mechthild's death in June 1323, were the three nephews able to make peace with their uncle, his sons inherited Bavaria and Rudolf I's sons inherited the Upper Palatinate and the Palatinate in line with the Treaty of Pavia. He was blind only in the last years of his life. Rudolph married twice: In 1328, he married Anne of Carinthia-Tyrol, daughter of Duke Otto III of CarinthiaThey had one daughter: Anne of the Palatinate who married in 1349 the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV In 1348, he married Margaret of Sicily, daughter of King Frederick II of Sicily and Eleanor of Anjou.

He died in Neustadt. Eintrag in der ADB


Hegvald was a Romanesque stone sculptor of baptismal fonts, working on Gotland. The name of Hegvald is derived from a rune inscription on one of the baptismal fonts attributed to the sculptor, but the name may be that of a patron. On stylistic grounds, 11 baptismal fonts on Gotland have been attributed to the, in effect, anonymous master sculptor, he seems to have started as an apprentice in the workshop of the somewhat earlier Majestatis. His style is characterised by its mix between lingering Norse influences; the works attributed to Hegvald are expressive on the verge of grotesque, somewhat vernacular and sculpting covers the whole of the font, including the base and foot. Baptismal fonts from his atelier can be found in När, Sjonhem, Stånga and Etelhem churches, all on Gotland, as well as in the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities in Stockholm, he is attributed as the artist of a triumphal cross in Vänge Church on Gotland. The choir portal of Fardhem Church is attributed to Hegvald. Byzantios Calcarius Majestatis Sigraf