Maximilian I, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

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Maximilian I, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Maximilien I de Hohenzollern.jpg
Born(1636-01-20)20 January 1636
Died13 August 1689(1689-08-13) (aged 53)
Noble familyHouse of Hohenzollern
Spouse(s)Maria Clara of Berg-'s-Heerenberg
FatherMeinrad I, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
MotherAnna Marie of Törring at Seefeld

Maximilian I, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (20 January 1636 – 13 August 1689 in Sigmaringen) was a German nobleman. He was the third ruling Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen; he ruled from 1681 until his death.


Maximilian was the son of Prince Meinrad I (1605-1681) from his marriage to Anna Marie (1613-1682), daughter of Ferdinand Baron of Törring at Seefeld. He was named after Elector Maximilian I of Bavaria, whom his father was serving at the time of his birth.

He joined the Imperial army, together with his younger brother Francis Anthony. He command a Dragoon regiment and, like his cousins in the Hohenzollern-Hechingen line, fought under Emperor Leopold I in the Fourth Austro-Turkish War. During the Franco-Dutch War, he commanded the imperial army on the Rhine. After the Peace of Nijmegen of 1675, Maximilian returned to Vienna.

Maximilian married Maria Clara in Boxmeer on 12 January 1666. She was a daughter of Count Albert of Berg-'s-Heerenberg. After the death of her brother Oswald III in 1712, she inherited the County of 's-Heerenberg, which thus fell to the House of Hohenzollern.[1] Among his Dutch possessions were the Lordships of Boxmeer, Bergh, Diksmuide, Gendringen, Etten, Wisch, Pannerden and Millingen.

In 1681, his father died. Maximilian divided the inheritance with his brother. Francis Anthony received the County of Haigerloch; Maximilian received the original County of Sigmaringen. He initiated various construction projects in the town of Sigmaringen, among them and expansion of Sigmaringen Castle.

Marriage and issue[edit]

From his marriage to Maria Clara, he following children:

  • Anna Maria (1666-1668)
  • Maria Magdalena Clara (1668-1725), a nun in Gnadenthal Abbey
  • Cleopha Maria Theresa (1669-1731), a nun in Buchau Abbey
  • Meinrad II Charles Anthony (1673-1715), Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, married in 1700 to Countess Catherina Johanna of Montfort (1678-1759)
  • Francis Albert Oswald (1676-1748), a canon in Cologne
  • Francis Henry (1678-1731), a canon in Cologne and Augsburg
  • Charles Anthony (1679-1684)
  • Anthony Sidonius (1681-1719), fell in battle, married in 1712 to Countess Maria Josepha of Verdenberg and Namiest (1687-1745)
  • John Francis Anthony (1683-1733) fell in battle, married:
    1. in 1712 to Maria Barbara Everhardt of Lightemhaag
    2. Maria Antonia of Frauenberg (b. 1705)
  • Maximilian Froben Maria (1685-1734), a monk
  • Charles (1687-1689)
  • Friederike Christiane Maria (1688-1745), married in 1718 to Sebastian, Count of Montfort-Tettnang (1684-1728)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Annalen des Historischen Vereins für den Niederrhein, insbesondere die Alte Erzdiözese Köln, DuMont-Schauberg, Cologne, 1862, p. 174 (Online)


  • Otto Hintze (1982) (in German), Die Hohenzollern und ihr Werk 1415-1915., Solingen: Verlag A. Steiger, ISBN 3921564182 
  • Gustav Schilling: Geschichte des Hauses Hohenzollern in genealogisch fortlaufenden Biographien aller seiner Regenten von den ältesten bis auf die neuesten Zeiten, nach Urkunden und andern authentischen Quellen, Fleischer, Leipzig, 1843, p. 247 ff, Online
  • Günter Schmitt: Sigmaringen, in: Günter Schmitt: Burgenführer Schwäbische Alb, vol. 3: Donautal. Wandern und entdecken zwischen Sigmaringen und Tuttlingen, Biberacher Verlagsdruckerei, Biberach, 1990, ISBN 3-924489-50-5, p. 41–62.

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Maximilian I, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Born: 20 January 1636 Died: 13 August 1689
Preceded by
Meinrad I
Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Succeeded by
Meinrad II