Königsegg

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Lordship (Barony) of Königsegg
Herrschaft (Freiherrschaft) Königsegg
Lordship
1192–1806
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Capital Aulendorf
Government Lordship
Historical era Middle Ages
Early modern period
 •  Lordship 1192
 •  Raised to barony 1470
 •  Partitioned to create
    Aulendorf and
    Rothenfels


1622
 •  Raised to
    imperial estate
1629
 •  Inherited by
    Aulendorf
1663
 •  Rothenfels sold to
    Austria

1804 1806
 •  Mediatised to
    Württemberg

1806
Area
 •  1806 160 km2 (62 sq mi)
Population
 •  1806 est. 3,000 
     Density 19/km2 (49/sq mi)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Duchy of Swabia
Kingdom of Württemberg

Königsegg was a state in the southeastern part of what is now Baden-Württemberg, Germany. It emerged in 1192 as a lordship and was raised to a barony in 1470. It was partitioned in 1622 between itself, Königsegg-Aulendorf and Königsegg-Rothenfels.

In 1629, Königsegg was raised to an imperial estate and became a member of the College of the Counts of Swabia at the Reichstag. With the extinction of its male line in 1663, it was inherited by Königsegg-Aulendorf.

In 1804, Königsegg sold Rothenfels to Austria. In 1806, the Rheinbundakte mediatized Königsegg to the Kingdom of Württemberg. Today, the Counts of Königsegg still reside at Königseggwald Castle in Swabia and at Halbturn Castle in Austria.

Geography[edit]

Königsegg was named after Königsegg Castle, which was located in Königsegg, today part of Guggenhausen. As of 1806, it consisted of two isolated parts, one around Königsegg and one around Aulendorf.

The state had no cities; its capital was Aulendorf. It was bordered by the County of Scheer, the Mainau Commandry of the Teutonic Order, the Abbacy of Weingarten, Fürstenberg, the Abbacy of Schussenried, the County of Waldburg and Austria.

In 1806, Königsegg had an area of about 160 km2 (62 sq mi) and a population of about 3000.

Location of Königsegg (GFT.KÖ., centre of image, with exclave to north-west, in pink) from Droysens Allgemeiner Historischer Handatlas, 1886
Coat of arms of Königsegg, Scheibler Wappenbuch, 1450–80

Lords of Königsegg (1192–1470)[edit]

  • Berthold I of Fronhofen (1192–1209)
  • Eberhard I (1209–1228)
  • Unknown
  • Eberhard II (1239–1268) with...
    • Berthold II (1239–1251)
  • Eberhard III (? – 1296)
  • Ulrich I (? – 1300)
  • John I (1300 – ?)
  • Ulrich II (? – 1375) with...
    • Henry with...
    • Berthold III (? – 1370) with...
    • Ulrich III
  • Ulrich IV (? – 1444)
  • John II
  • John III
  • Marquard (? – 1470)

Barons of Königsegg (1470–1663)[edit]

  • Marquard (1470–1500)
  • John IV (1500–1544)
  • John Marquard (1544–1553) with...
    • John James (1544–1567)
  • Marquard IV (1567–1626) with...
    • George II (1567–1622)
  • John William (1626–1663)

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  • Media related to Königsegg at Wikimedia Commons
  • Köbler, Gerhard (2007). Historisches Lexikon der deutschen Länder (7th ed.). Munich. ISBN 978-3-406-54986-1.  Königsegg and Königsegg-Aulendorf articles.

Coordinates: 47°57′15″N 9°38′20″E / 47.95417°N 9.63889°E / 47.95417; 9.63889