How is Barbara Gonzaga connected to Urach?
Barbara came to Urach in 1474 when she married Count Eberhard V the Bearded. The rather modest life in Urach was nothing like her earlier life in Mantua. There, she was used to a glamorous royal household and lively discourse with artist and scholars. With her abundant dowry, she brought a little Italian glamor to Urach and to the Württemberg court, which she presided over as of 1495, the region's first duchess. She introduced Urach to a variety of previously unknown herbs as well as asparagus, and planted these in her garden.