Günther VII, Count of Schwarzburg-Blankenburg

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Günther VII, Count of Schwarzburg-Blankenburg
Died 1274
Noble family House of Schwarzburg
Spouse(s) Sophie
Father Henry II, Count of Schwarzburg-Blankenburg
Mother Irmgard of Weimar-Orlamünde

Count Günther VII of Schwarzburg († 1274) was Count of Schwarzburg-Blankenburg from 1236 until his death.


Günther was a son of Count Henry II of Schwarzburg-Blankenburg from his marriage with Countess Irmgard of Weimar-Orlamünde (died: c. 1222).

Around 1228/29 Günther is in Jerusalem, together with Emperor Frederick II.

In 1236, he succeeded his father as Count of Schwarzburg-Blankenburg.

During the War of the Thuringian Succession, he was taken prisoner in 1248/1249.

In 1259, he succeeded his brother Henry III as Count of Schwarzburg.

In 1267, he founded the monastery at Saalfeld.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Günther was married with a lady named Sophie, about whom nothing further is known. They had the following children:

  • Günther (died 1289), Count of Schwarzburg-Blankenburg
  • Sophie (died 1279), married 1268 with Count Berthold V of Henneberg
  • Irmgard (died 1313), abbess of Ilm
  • Henry V (died 1285), Count of Schwarzburg-Blankenburg
  • Günther X (died c. 1308
  • Albert III (died c. 1265
  • Günther XI (died c. 1308
  • A daughter, who married Count Otto of Lobdeburg-Arnshaugk
  • Christina, married c. 1282 to Burgrave Otto of Dohna

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