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History of the Princely House of Liechtenstein


The Princely House of Liechtenstein is one of the oldest noble families of Europe. At 1136 Hugo of Liechtenstein is mentioned for the first time a carrier of that name.

He named himself after the Liechtenstein Castle, which is located just south of Vienna. The material for this castle dates back to a Roman quarry, from whence the name clear stone could originate. The Liechtenstein family owned many estates in Lower Austria, Bohemia and Moravia.

The Principality is the acquisition of the Lordship of Schellenberg (1699) and the County of Vaduz (1712) emerged from the Prince of Liechtenstein. The Liechtenstein family can be traced to the 12. Century to trace, its name derives from the Castle from Liechtenstein in Vienna before Mödling.

The family lived in Lower Austria and only Prince Franz Josef II. held in 1938 with his family, mainly in Vaduz. Karl of Liechtenstein was 1608 elevated to the rank of prince erbländischen and thus was the first Prince of Liechtenstein.

Three lines were, with which the Austrian House of Liechtenstein Nikolsburger or in the 16. Century was, three brothers, the sons of Henry VII, Christoph III. and George V..

Of the three, Christopher himself died 1506 and extinguished two of these lines is already back in the course of the 16. Century, but this only applies in a figurative sense; They went out for the story and for the house, enough but still in some links, new to the honor of the house did not participate, until the end of the 17. Century.

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The pedigree of the Austrian House of Liechtenstein 16. Century, the descendants of Henry VII. of Liechtenstein Nikolsburg (Steier Ecker line) Christoph's progeny III. (Nikolsburger line) Descendants of George V, Prince Karl I, Fürst Maximilian I., Prince Gundacker, Prince Karl Eusebius, Prince Johann Adam, Maria Theresia, married Duchess of Savoy, Prince Hartmann I. and his siblings


Falcon, Jakob von: History of the Princely House of Liechtenstein, Vienna: Publisher Braumüller 1868-1882 Flight. 1, Flight. 2, Flight 3.


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