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1. The lord or military governor of a medieval German border province.
2. Used as a hereditary title for certain princes in the Holy Roman Empire.

[Probably Middle Dutch marcgrāve : marc, march, border; see merg- in Indo-European roots + grāve, count (perhaps ultimately from Greek grapheus, scribe; see gerbh- in Indo-European roots).]

mar·gra′vi·al (-grā′vē-əl) adj.
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relating to a margrave
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With roots going back to 1194, it came to full flower in the 18th century, spawning its own 'Bayreuth Rococo' style of architecture which reached an apogee in the highly ornate Margravial Opera House (think the optimal setting for any baroque-inspired production you might have seen by Toronto's Opera Atelier).
In all, there are over 3000 compositions dating from as early as the sixteenth century up through the twentieth, but the core of the collection stems from the repertoire amassed at the margravial court in Karlsruhe during the reigns of Karl Wilhelm (1679-1738) and Karl Friedrich (1728-1811).
But a comprehensive organization of the territorial church was only accomplished in 1556, an organization that firmly subjected the rural clergy to regional superintendents and a principality-wide consistory of margravial officials and theologians.