Eleonore von Schwarzenberg

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Princess Eleonore
Princess of Schwarzenberg
Maximilian Hannel – Eleonore von Schwarzenburg.jpg
Princess Eleonore in hunting dress with her son, Joseph
Spouse(s) Adam Franz Karl Eusebius, Prince of Schwarzenberg
Issue
Maria Anna of Schwarzenberg
Joseph I Adam of Schwarzenberg
Noble family Lobkowicz (by birth)
Schwarzenberg (by marriage)
Father Prince Ferdinand August of Lobkowicz
Mother Margravine Maria Anne Wilhelmine of Baden-Baden
Born 20 June 1682
Mělník
Died 5 May 1741(1741-05-05) (aged 58)
Palais Schwarzenberg, Vienna

Eleonore von Schwarzenberg (Eleonore Elisabeth Amalia Magdalena; 20 June 1682 in Mělník – 5 May 1741 in Palais Schwarzenberg, Vienna) was a member of the Princely House of Lobkowicz by birth, and a Princess of Schwarzenberg by marriage.[1]

Biography[edit]

Princess Eleonore Elisabeth Amalia Magdalena of Lobkowicz, was a daughter of Prince Ferdinand August of Lobkowicz (1655–1715), the Duke of Sagan, and his second wife, Margravine Maria Anne Wilhelmine of Baden-Baden (1655–1701), daughter of Wilhelm, Margrave of Baden-Baden.

On 6 December 1701 Princess Eleonore married the Austrian Hofmarschall, Adam Franz Karl Eusebius, Hereditary Prince (and later Prince) von Schwarzenberg. Eleonore was considered a cultivated lady, and her and her husband's wealthy and cultured lifestyle was often displayed at court. The marriage produced two children:

After 31 years of marriage her husband was killed in a hunting accident on imperial land near Brandýs nad Labem-Stará Boleslav, today in the Czech Republic. Emperor Charles VI fired the deadly shot, and the prince just happened to be in the way. Afterwards, the emperor took Eleonore's son to his court in Vienna, and she was paid a baronial maintenance of 5,000 guldens.

Princess Eleonore died on 5 May 1741 in the Palais Schwarzenberg in Vienna. Franz von Gersdorf, the emperor's physician, requested an autopsy from which the cause of death has been diagnosed as cervical cancer.

Vampirism[edit]

The 2008 Austrian documentary The Vampire Princess found evidence suggesting that Eleonore was suspected of being a vampire after her death. Her apparent reburial conforms to vampire burial rites of the time, and a stone slab was placed over her coffin as if to prevent her from rising.[2]

Styles[edit]

  • 20 June 1682 – 6 December 1701: Princess Eleonore of Lobkowicz
  • 6 December 1701 – 1703: Her Serene Highness The Hereditary Princess of Schwarzenberg
  • 1703 – 1732: Her Serene Highness The Princess of Schwarzenberg
  • 1732 – 5 May 1741: Her Serene Highness The Princess Dowager of Schwarzenberg

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