The Electoral Rhenish Circle as at the beginning of the 16th century
map of the Electoral Rhenish Circle from Topographia Archiepiscopatuum Moguntinensis
by Matthäus Merian
The Electoral Rhenish Circle (German: Kurrheinischer Reichskreis) was an Imperial Circle of the Holy Roman Empire, created in 1512.
The circle derived its name from four of the seven prince-electors whose lands along the Middle Rhine comprised the vast majority of its territory.
The circle was made up of the following states:
||Type of entity
||Attained imperial immediacy in 1549 under Jean de Ligne, Principality from 1576, raised to Duchy in 1644
||Held by the Counts of Nassau-Dillenburg from 1343
||(Re-)established by King Otto I in 953, Prince-elector and Archchancellor of Italy in 1356
||An administrative grouping of lands including the immediate Lordship of Elsen, held by the Teutonic Knights
||Archbishopric established in 781 by Pope Adrian I, Prince-elector and Archchancellor of Germany in 1356
||Emerged from Isenburg-Isenburg in 1199, partitioned in 1502 into Isenburg-Grenzau and Isenburg-Neumagen (to Sayn-Wittgenstein in 1554), extinct in 1664
| Electorate of the Palatinate
||Arose from the allodium of the Count palatine of Lower Lorraine in 1085 under Henry of Laach, held by the House of Wittelsbach from 1214, Prince-elector and Truchsess in 1356
||Fiefdom of Cologne around Burg Rheineck, held by the Freiherren of Varsberg from 1576
| Thurn und Taxis
||Briefadel without territory, Freiherren from 1608, Counts from 1624, raised to Princely Counts in 1695
||Established in 902, Prince-elector and Archchancellor of Arles in 1356
The list of states making up the Electoral Rhenish Circle is based on that in the German Wikipedia article Kurrheinischer Reichskreis.
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