Egon VIII of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg

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Count of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg
Count of Fürstenberg
Coat of arms of Fürstenberg
Predecessor Frederick IV of Fürstenberg
Successor Herman Egon, Prince of Fürstenberg
Born Egon
Died 1635
Noble family Fürstenberg
Spouse(s) Anna Maria of Hohenzollern-Hechingen
see below
Father Frederick IV of Fürstenberg
Mother Elisabeth of Sulz

Ernst Egon VIII of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg (March 21, 1588 in Speyer † 24 August 1635 in Constance) was Imperial Count of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg (1618–1635) and Bavarian Field-marshal, and an important military leader in the Thirty Years' War.


Egon came from the noble House Fürstenberg, his father was Frederick IV of Fürstenberg (1563–1617), his mother Elizabeth of Sulz (1562/63-1601).

Presumably the third son of the couple, Egon held several church offices. He was Chorbishop of Magdeburg and Strasbourg, treasurer and prebendary, Provost at St. Gereon in Cologne and of Archduke Leopold, Bishop of Passau and Strasbourg, Council and the governor in the autonomous Cathedral district of Rouffach.[1]

By an imperial letters patent from 9 September 1619 he was made a warlord of the Catholic League (German) during the Thirty Years War.[1] In 1631 Egon of Fürstenberg enforced the Edict of Restitution in Franconia and Württemberg.[2] Together with Johann von Aldringen he waged war on Württemberg after the Peace of Cherasco which forced the Duke of Württemberg to submit to the emperor and to distance himself from the decisions of the Leipzig convention.[3] On 14 September 1631 during the siege of Leipzig he commanded the right wing of the imperial troops led by general Tilly.[2]

Marriage and descendants[edit]

Egon married Anna Maria of Hohenzollern-Hechingen (1605 - 1652),[1] the daughter of Georg of Hohenzollern-Hechingen and they had seven sons and four daughters:


  • Theatrum Europaeum, Vol 2, Frankfurt am Main, 1646, p. 396 online]
  • Fickler, Carl Borromäus Alois (1844). Kurze Geschichte der Häuser Fürstenberg, Geroldseck und von der Leyen. Karlsruhe: E. Macklot. p. 17. 
  • Münch, Ernst Hermann Joseph; Fickler, Carl Borromäus Alois (1829). Geschichte des Hauses und Landes Fürstenberg. 1. Aachen and Leipzig: J. A. Mayer. pp. 322–368. 

External links[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ersch, Johann Samuel (1850). "Fürstenberg". Allgemeine Encyklopädie der Wissenschaften und Künste in alphabetischer Folge (in German). 51. Leipzig: Brockhaus. p. 495-496. 
  2. ^ a b "Fürstenberg, Franz Egon Graf von" (in German). Lüder H. Niemeyer Kunsthandel. 
  3. ^ Wilhelm Edler von Janko, John Schött (1875), "Aldringen, Graf Johann von", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 1, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 327 – 329