Herman Egon, Prince of Fürstenberg

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Herman Egon, Prince of Fürstenberg
Hermann Egon zu Fuerstenberg Heiligenberg.jpg
Herman Egon, Prince of Fürstenberg
Born (1627-11-05)5 November 1627
Died 22 September 1674(1674-09-22) (aged 46)
Buried Chapel of the family castle in Heiligenberg
Noble family Fürstenberg
Spouse(s) Maria Franziska of Fürstenberg-Stühlingen
Father Egon VIII of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg
Mother Anna Maria of Hohenzollern-Hechingen
Engraving of Herman Egon

Herman Egon, Prince of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg (born: 5 November 1627; died: 22 September 1674 in Munich) was Hofmeister, Chamberlain, Privy Councillor and Hofmarschall to Elector Ferdinand Maria of Bavaria and, with his brothers Franz Egon and William Egon, played an important role in the imperial election in 1658 in Frankfurt. In 1664, Herman Egon and his brothers were raised to Imperial Princes.


Herman Egon was the fourth son of Egon VIII of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg and the Countess Anna Maria of Hohenzollern-Hechingen (1603–1652). He studied in Cologne from 1639 to 1643, then 2 years at the University of Leuven. In 1651, he became a secret councillor at the court of Elector Maximilian I of Bavaria. In 1655, his spiritual brothers Franz Egon and William Egon, who were both bishops, left Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg to him, in exchange for a monetary compensation. In 1657, he made a similar arrangement with his younger brother Ferdinand Frederick.

Imperial Prince[edit]

The members of the Fürstenberg family were imperial counts. In 1664 Emperor Leopold raised Herman Egon and his spiritual brothers Franz Egon and William Egon to the rank of imperial Prince.[1][2]

Against his Emperor[edit]

In 1672, he advised the Elector of Bavaria against entering the Franco-Dutch war. This made him fall from grace with Emperor Leopold I.


He died on 22 September 1674 in Munich and was buried in the chapel of the family castle in Heiligenberg.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Egon Hermann married 1655 in Stühlingen with Maria Franziska of Fürstenberg-Stühlingen (died: 24 August 1680 in Weitra). With her he had eight children:



  1. ^ Johann Jacob Moser: Von denen Teutschen Reichs-Ständen…, Frankfurt a. M. 1767, p. 70
  2. ^ C.B.A. Fickler: Kurze Geschichte der Häuser Fürstenberg, Geroldseck und von der Leyen, Karlsruhe, 1844, p. 17-18
  3. ^ O'Connor 1978, p. 43.

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Herman Egon, Prince of Fürstenberg
Born: 5 November 1627 Died: 22 September 1674
Preceded by
as Landgrave of
Prince of Fürstenberg
Succeeded by
Anton Egon