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Reinhard IV, Count of Hanau-M├╝nzenberg

Count Reinhard IV of Hanau-Münzenberg succeeded in 1500 his father Philipp I of Hanau-Münzenberg in the government of the County of Hanau-Münzenberg. He served as co-regent from 1496 onwards. Reinhard IV was born the son of Philipp I, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg and his wife, Countess Adriana of Nassau-Dillenburg, his godfather was Prince-abbot Johann II of Henneberg-Schleusingen of the Fulda monastery. Reinhard IV made several journeys in his youth: in 1493 to the Palatine court at Heidelberg and in 1495 to the Diet of Worms. From 1496 to 1500, Reinhard IV acted as co-ruler alongside his father, disabled by old age, he was the first count to use the name Hanau-Münzenberg, to distinguish his line from his relatives in Hanau-Lichtenberg. The two lines had existed since the county was divided between Philipp the Elder and Philipp the Younger in 1458. Reinhard added the arms of the Lordship of Münzenberg to his coat of arms. In 1500, Reinhard exchanged some territories with the County of Isenburg, giving them Offenbach am Main and his share of Bracht and received the village of Bischofsheim in return, thereby ending a protracted conflict between the two neighboring rulers.

In 1503, he exchanged half the village of Trais for the share in Seckbach held by the Counts of Solms. In 1504, he purchased the other shares in Seckbach from their respective owners: the Schelme von Bergen family, the Farchen of Heidelberg family and the Glauburg family in Frankfurt; the County of Hanau-Münzenberg suffered badly during the Landshut War of Succession in 1504, from the Hessian troops passing through the county and from the Hessian occupation of Bad Homburg, which Hanau had purchased in 1487 for 19,000 guilders. This issue was mediated by Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in 1521. Hesse had to reimburse Hanau with 000 guilders. In 1505, Emperor Maximilian I appointed Reinhard IV as his councillor. Reinhard IV was involved in several other disputes about his policies, his most prominent opponent may have been Götz von Berlichingen, who raided a convoy in the Kinzig valley, protected by Reinhard's troops. The Lords of Hutten joined the resulting controversy, claiming the raid had happened on their territory.

Reinhard IV married on 13 February 1496 with Katharina of Schwarzburg-Blankenburg. She received as dowry 4000 florins plus the Schwarzburg share of the mortgage of the imperial city of Gelnhausen. Reinhard IV and Katharina had four children: Anna Berthold, buried in the choir of St. Mary's Church in Hanau Philipp II Balthasar Reinhard IV died on 30 January 1512 and was buried in the choir of St. Mary's Church in Hanau. Reinhard Dietrich: Die Landesverfassung in dem Hanauischen, in: Hanauer Geschichtsblätter, vol. 34, Hanau, 1996, ISBN 3-9801933-6-5 B. Picard: Die Herren von Eppstein und Homburg, in: Bad Homburg v.d. H. 782-1982, Homburg, 1983, p. 111-132 Reinhard Suchier: Genealogie des Hanauer Grafenhauses, in: Festschrift des Hanauer Geschichtsvereins zu seiner fünfzigjährigen Jubelfeier am 27. August 1894, Hanau, 1894 Helmgard Ulmschneider: Götz von Berlichingen. Mein Fehd und Handlungen = Forschungen aus Württembergisch Franken, vol. 17, Sigmaringen, 1981, ISBN 3-7995-7614-2 Ernst J. Zimmermann: Hanau Stadt und Land, 3rd ed. Hanau, 1919, reprinted 1978

John Coll

John Alexander Coll was a British computer specialist. While teaching physics at Oundle school he built a number of computers and was involved in Micro Users in Secondary Education, he helped write the functional description for the BBC Computer and played an important role in convincing senior management at the BBC that it could be done. He wrote the BBC Microcomputer User Guide, supplied by Acorn Computers with the BBC Micro and appeared on the television programmes Making the Most of the Micro and Micro Live which featured the computer, he taught physics at Keil School and at Oundle School where he was head of Electronics and was a tutor at Laxton House. At Oundle he learnt to program the school's Data General Nova 2 computer alongside a number of pupils, built a Motorola 6800 based microcomputer from scratch and etching the printed circuit boards and purchased and built a kit SWTPC 6800-based computer, made available to the pupils, his relationship with SWTPC's UK operation helped many former pupils gain gap-year and full-time jobs and a foothold into the computer industry.

He was active with the organisation'Micro Users in Secondary Education'. With David Allen, he was asked by the British Broadcasting Corporation to help draw up the functional description for a computer which would be used as part of a television series to teach computer literacy. Of John, of the team at the BBC said "It was John’s drive and sheer brilliance that pulled the whole thing off", he wrote the BBC Microcomputer User Guide with David Allen, supplied by Acorn Computers with the BBC Micro, he appeared on the television programmes Making the Most of the Micro and Micro Live and wrote many articles for Personal Computer World during its early year. John invested his time in people and he wanted to realize the potential in people. In his part in philanthropy, John was focused on educating people about IT. Through his company Connection Software he started off the charity Educated Horizons, which funded students from disadvantaged backgrounds from the Chikomba District, to pursue further education in higher institutions of learning in Zimbabwe.

He equipped many High Schools in the Harare Archdiocese with computers and other IT equipment to ensure the smooth studying of technical subjects like Computer Science. He was the Patron of the St Francis of Assisi Computer Science class; until his death on 23 December 2014 John ran Connection Software, a telecoms software house and ASP specialising in SMS, MMS and VOIP. The BBC Microcomputer User Guide was written by John Coll and edited by David Allen for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Connection Software John Coll on IMDb