On the occasion of the election of the new Bishop of Spire in 1272 the Fleckenstein family supported on the favorite Fréderic de Bolanden… for a consideration.
Fréderic, once safely elected ‘forgot’ his promise to pay his supporters.
It being the time of the « Great Inter regnum » Wolfram de Fleckenstein took advantage of the absence of Imperial authority and captured the Bishop and held him prisoner in the castle.
The newly elected Emperor Rudolph decided to waste no time reestablishing his authority and beseiged the castle.
Seeing the hopelessness of his position Wolfram surrendered and gave up his prisoner.