In the German feudal system, a Herrschaft (equivalent of the French term Seigneurie) was the fiefdom of a lord, who in this area exercised full feudal rights. In the feudal ranking of the Holy Roman Empire it was the lowest rank in which a nobel could exercise feudal rights. The next higher rank was that of a Graf (count). His territory was then called a Grafschaft (county), instead of “Herrschaft”. If a nobleman was promoted this way by King or Emperor his Herrschaft automaticly became a Grafschaft.
- Hanns Hubert Hofmann: Quellen zum Verfassungsorganismus des Heiligen Römischen Reiches Deutscher Nation 1495–1815, Darmstadt 1976.