Johann Weikhard of Auersperg
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|Johann Weikhard of Auersperg|
|Spouse(s)||Maria Catherine of Losenberg|
|Father||Theodor of Auersperg|
|Mother||Sidonia Gall of Gallenstein|
11 March 1615|
|Died||11 November 1677
Prince Johhan Weikhard of Auersperg (also spelled Johann Weichard von Auersperg, 11 March 1615 at Žužemberk Castle – 11 November 1677 in Ljubljana) was a Prime Minister of Austria. He was the first Prince of Auersperg, and also Imperial Prince of Tengen and Duke of Münsterberg.
Johann Weikhard held several positions at the Austrian court. From 1640, he was Hofmeister and teacher of Ferdinand IV, who was King of the Romans at the time. In 1653, Emperor Ferdinand III raised him to Imperial Prince. In 1654, Ferdinand III, in his capacity as King of Bohemia, enfeofed him with the Duchy of Münsterberg and the City of Ząbkowice Śląskie. He then styled himself Duke of Münsterberg.
He held great political influence during the first decade of the rule of Emperor Leopold I. As prime minister of Austria, he concluded a secret treaty with France on 19 January 1668 about the division of the Spanish monarchy and worked towards a Catholic triple alliance between Austria, France and Spain. He was, however, suspected of having had secret talks with king Louis XIV of France, who was alleged to have promised him a post as Cardinal and was suddenly relieved of his duties on 10 December 1669 and banished from the court. He was sentenced to death, however, this sentence was never effectuated. He lived the rest of his life on his estates in Carniola.
- Gustav Adolf Metnitz (1953), "Auersperg, Johann Weikhard Fürst (seit 17.9.1653)", Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) (in German), 1, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 437–438
- Grete Mecenseffy: Im Dienste dreier Habsburger. Leben und Wirken des Fürsten Johann Weikhard Auersperg (1615–1677). in: Archiv für österreichische Geschichte, vol. 114, 1938, p. 295–509.
- Adam Wolf (1875), "Johann Weichard Graf v. Auersperg", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 1, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, p. 640
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