Anselm Franz, 2nd Prince of Thurn and Taxis

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Anselm Franz
Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Anselm Franz von Thurn und Taxis.jpg
Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Period 21 February 1714 – 8 November 1739
Predecessor Eugen Alexander Franz
Successor Alexander Ferdinand
Born (1681-01-30)30 January 1681 (date of baptism)
Brussels, Spanish Netherlands (place of baptism)
Died 8 November 1739(1739-11-08) (aged 58)
Brussels, Austrian Netherlands
Spouse Maria Ludovika Anna Franziska, Princess of Lobkowicz
Issue Alexander Ferdinand, 3rd Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Princess Maria Philippine Eleonore
Maria Augusta, Duchess of Württemberg
Prince Christian Adam Egon
Full name
German: Anselm Franz
House Thurn and Taxis
Father Eugen Alexander Franz, 1st Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Mother Princess Anna Adelheid of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg
Religion Roman Catholic

Anselm Franz, 2nd Prince of Thurn and Taxis,[1] full German name: Anselm Franz Fürst von Thurn und Taxis[1] (30 January 1681, Brussels, Spanish Netherlands[1] – 8 November 1739, Brussels, Austrian Netherlands[1]) was the second Prince of Thurn and Taxis, Postmaster General of the Imperial Reichspost, and Head of the House of Thurn and Taxis from 21 February 1714 until his death on 8 November 1739.[1]

Early life[edit]

Anselm Franz was the eldest child and son of Eugen Alexander Franz, 1st Prince of Thurn and Taxis and his wife Princess Anna Adelheid of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg.[1] The date of his birth is unknown, but Anselm Franz was baptised on 30 January 1681 at the Our Blessed Lady of Zavel Church in Brussels.

Postmaster General[edit]

Under his father, at the beginning of the War of the Spanish Succession the administration of the Imperial Reichspost was moved from Brussels to Frankfurt am Main. When his father died, Anselm Franz was appointed Postmaster General by Charles VI in 1715, and returned to the family's home in Brussels, but the city now had no significance for the Reichspost. He therefore moved back to Frankfurt am Main in 1724, where he bought a plot of land on which he later started construction of the Baroque Palais Thurn und Taxis in 1729. In 1725, he was able to lease the postal system of the Austrian Netherlands as a Habsburg fief. His move to Frankfurt was drawn out over several years, as the city council had some objections and in any case the construction of his palace took its time. From 1737 he lived in the still unfinished palace in Frankfurt, but then returned in 1739 to Brussels, where he died unexpectedly.

Marriages and family[edit]

Anselm Franz married Czech noblewoman Princess Maria Ludovika Anna Franziska of Lobkowicz, daughter of Ferdinand August Leopold, Prince of Lobkowicz, Duke of Sagan and his wife Margravine Maria Anna Wilhelmine of Baden-Baden, on 10 January 1703.[1] Franz Anselm and Maria Ludovika had four children:[1]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Styles of
Anselm Franz, Prince of Thurn and Taxis
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Reference style His Serene Highness
Spoken style Your Serene Highness
Alternative style Sir

Titles and styles[edit]




  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Darryl Lundy (7 Jan 2009). "Anselm Franz Prinz von Thurn und Taxis". Retrieved 2009-12-16. 


  • Wolfgang Behringer (1990) (in German), Thurn und Taxis, Die Geschichte ihrer Post und ihrer Unternehmen, München, Zürich: Piper, ISBN 3-492-03336-9 
  • Martin Dallmeier; Martha Schad (1996) (in German), Das Fürstliche Haus Thurn und Taxis, 300 Jahre Geschichte in Bildern, Regensburg: Verlag Friedrich Pustet, ISBN 3-7917-1492-9 
  • Europäische Stammtafeln Band V
Anselm Franz, 2nd Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Cadet branch of the House of Tassis
Born: 1681 Died: 8 November 1739
German nobility
Preceded by
Eugen Alexander Franz
Prince of Thurn and Taxis
21 February 1714 – 8 November 1739
Succeeded by
Alexander Ferdinand
Postal offices
Preceded by
Eugen Alexander Franz
Postmaster General of the Holy Roman Empire
21 February 1714 – 8 November 1739
Succeeded by
Alexander Ferdinand