Negotiations in an occupied city
In May 1707, the French, under Marshal Villars, captured Rastatt and occupied the city. After an additional campaign in 1713, in which Villars took Landau in the Palatinate and Freiburg in Breisgau, among other cities, he offered peace negotiations. Both France and Austria were tired of war and commissioned their commanders, Villars and Prince Eugen, to conduct peace discussions. Margravine Sibylla Augusta did not live in the residential palace at this time: In 1707, she left the city fleeing the French occupation.