Louis IV, Elector Palatine

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Louis IV, Count Palatine of the Rhine
Born (1424-01-01)1 January 1424
Died 13 August 1449(1449-08-13) (aged 25)
Buried Church of the Holy Spirit in Heidelberg
Noble family House of Wittelsbach
Spouse(s) Margarete of Savoy
Father Louis III, Elector Palatine
Mother Matilda of Savoy

Louis IV, Count Palatine of the Rhine (1 January 1424, Heidelberg – 13 August 1449, Worms) was an Elector Palatine of the Rhine from the House of Wittelsbach in 1436 - 1449.


Louis IV was the son of Louis III, Elector Palatine and his second wife Matilda of Savoy. His mother was a fourth-generation descendant of Thomas III of Piedmont (1248 - 1282), the eldest son of Thomas II of Savoy.

From the death of Louis III in 1436 until 1442, Louis IV ruled under guardianship of his uncle, Count Palatine Otto I of Mosbach. In 1444 he repelled the attacks of the Armagnacs as an Imperial captain.

In 1445 he married Margarete of Savoy,[1] widow of king Louis III of Naples and daughter of Duke Amadeus VIII of Savoy. With her, he had his only son, Philipp (14 July 1448 – 28 February 1508). When he died in 1449, aged 25 years, in Worms, his brother Frederick inherited the Palatinate. Louis was buried in the Holy Spirit church of Heidelberg.


  1. ^ Kekewich 2008, p. 214.


  • Kekewich, Margaret L. (2008). The Good King: René of Anjou and Fifteenth Century Europe. Palgrave Macmillan. 
Louis IV, Elector Palatine
Born: 1424 Died: 1449
German royalty
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Louis III
Elector Palatine
Succeeded by
Frederick I

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