Southwest German nobility in the kingdom 17. and 18. Century: Money, Reputation, Career…

The House of Fürstenberg – A detailed study

The Count- and gentlemen of the House of Fürstenberg were in 17. Century a territorial complex, of the most important in Swabia and also in the southwest of the Old Kingdom was.

The centerpiece of the property was in the middle of the 13. Century on the Baar, where a younger branch of the counts of Urach a part of the inheritance had taken the ducal line of the Zähringer.

The princely residence Bergisch Meßkirch in June 1740 Meeting a ceremony, came to the numerous guests in the small town. The Prince of Fürstenberg-Meßkirch, Ferdinand celebrated his fiftieth wedding anniversary Froben with Teresa Felicitas. He also celebrated the 53. Year as director of the College of Swabian counts and his government. About 150 high-ranking individuals from the high imperial aristocracy had been displayed, the event, just 30 were invited by them. On the guest list were the Bishop of Constance and Augsburg, Johann Franz Schenk, Freiherr von Stauffenberg, he should renew the marriage of the two. Published spiritual princes were, Abbots, Prelate, Swabian Counts, the vassal prince Berg, Top officials of the counties. Overall, were found 250 Persons a….

This image of the prince Bergisch family history illuminates a field of high aristocratic existence in a Baroque Empire, which should be further investigated in this work. This field identifies the action space of the Counts and later Princes, by factors such as prestige and reputation, Proximity and distance to the Emperor, Abundance and lack of money, Position in the religious and the political system of the Empire, social integration in the aristocratic society, is finally determined by the aspired and achieved career paths.

Those: Series of the Historical Commission of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Band 66, Esteban Mauerer, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 2001, kindly provided by BSB Munich Online-Version provided.

An excerpt of the review on the book by Klaus Graf

Mauerers study, thankfully by a local- and persons index developed, represents an important contribution to early modern history of needle. The biographical approach features. Is multi-faceted and culturally captivating the reader led the struggle for reputation in the context of scarce financial resources in mind. More instructive than the successes, the failure of plans, the structural barriers and individual conflict situations.

With respect to a partial aspect, I certainly do not consider marginal, I can not spare criticism of the author. It is a pity, that Mauer has taken care not about the book received possession of Fürstenberg. As he developed his thesis, were the publications of the Princely Fürstenberg Court Library Donaueschingen not scattered to the winds (the majority was 1999 an Anglo-American consortium bookseller sold). In the source directory are the titles of the early modern prints meticulously reproduced while, But the locations of the most rare writings one will not, unfortunately,. It may be assumed, Mauer has been seen that many in Donaueschingen.

Official site of the house Furstenberg

Digitized in which appears the coat of arms of the House of Fürstenberg:

Ortenburger armorial, Signature: BSB Cod.icon. 308 you

German coat of arms gender signature: BSB Cod.icon. 311

Armorial of the Holy Roman Empire signature: BSB Cod.icon. 390

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