Stolberg-Stolberg

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County of Stolberg-Stolberg
Grafschaft Stolberg-Stolberg
State of the Holy Roman Empire
Wappen Stolberg (Harz).png
 
Wernigerode Wappen.svg
1548–1803 Wernigerode Wappen.svg
 
Wappen Rossla.png
 


Coat of arms

Capital Stolberg
Government Principality
Historical era Middle Ages
 -  Division of Stolberg 19 March 1548
 -  Creation of
    Stolberg-Wernigerode
31 May 1645
 -  Creation of
    Stolberg-Rossla
1706
 -  Under Vogterei of
    the Electorate of Saxony
 
1730–38
 -  Mediatised to Saxony 1803
 -  Awarded to Prussia 1815

Stolberg-Stolberg was a county of the Holy Roman Empire located in the southern Harz region. Its capital was the town of Stolberg, now in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It was ruled by a branch of the House of Stolberg.

In 1429 the County of Wernigerode passed to the Counts of Stolberg, who ruled Wernigerode through a personal union. In 1548 the line was split between a Harz line (Stolberg-Stolberg) and a Rhenish line which had possessions in Rochefort (Stolberg-Rochefort) and Königstein im Taunus (Stolberg-Königstein).

With the death of Count Wolf Georg zu Stolberg in 1631, Stolberg-Stolberg was inherited by members of the Rhenish line. On 31 May 1645 Stolberg-Stolberg was divided between a senior Stolberg-Wernigerode line and a junior Stolberg-Stolberg line. In 1706, Stolberg-Stolberg divided again, with Stolberg-Rossla being created.

Stolberg-Stolberg was forced to recognize the suzerainty of the Electorate of Saxony in 1738. It was awarded to the Kingdom of Prussia in the 1815 Congress of Vienna.

The children of Fürsten and Erbprinzen zu Stolberg-Wernigerode bore the title Prince[ss] (Prinz[essin]) zu Stolberg-Wernigerode and were styled Serene Highness. Other members of this line bore the title Count[ess] (Graf/Gräfin) zu Stolberg-Wernigerode, with the style Illustrious Highness.

Counts and Princes of Stolberg-Stolberg[edit]

[1]

  • Christoph Friedrich (1704-1738)
  • Christoph Ludwig II (1738-1761), son
  • Karl Ludwig (1761-1815), son - Mediatized in 1803
  • Joseph (1815-1839), son
  • Alfred (1839-1903) - Prince from 1893
  • Wolffgang (1903), son
  • Wolff-Heinrich (1903-1972), son
  • Jost-Christian (*1940), son
    • Heir : Christoph (*1982), son

References[edit]

  1. ^ Online Gotha - Stolberg
  • Köbler, Gerhard (1988). Historisches Lexikon der deutschen Länder. Munich: Verlag C. H. Beck. p. 639. ISBN 3-406-33290-0.  (German)
  • Schwineköper, Berent (1987). Handbuch der historischen Stätten Deutschlands, Band 11, Provinz Sachsen/Anhalt. Stuttgart: Alfred Kröner Verlag. p. 644. ISBN 3-520-31402-9.  (German)