House of Plettenberg

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The House of Plettenberg is a Westphalian noble family of the Uradel. It dates back at least to 1187, when Heidolphus de Plettenbrath was mentioned in a document by Philip I (Archbishop of Cologne).[1] Heydenricus de Plettenberg was cited as bailiff of the Counts of Arnsberg in 1258.[2] The Lenhausen-Stockum branch was elevated to the rank of Barons of the Holy Roman Empire in 1689 and in 1724 they were made Imperial counts.[2] The two branches of the family still extant today are the Plettenberg-Schwarzenbergs (Protestant) and the Counts von Plettenberg-Lenhausen (Roman Catholic).[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Deed of the Oelinghausen monastery (transcript, German)
  2. ^ a b c Enache, Nicolas. La Descendance de Marie-Therese de Habsburg. ICC, Paris, 1996. pp. 88, 92, 150, 161. (French). ISBN 2-908003-04-X