Lords of Thannhausen
The family dates back to the Carolingian dynasty. It is assumed that the medieval minnesinger and poet Tannhäuser was an offspring of this family. In 1112 and 1115, the von Thannhausens held offices for Frederick II, Duke of Swabia from the House of Hohenstaufen. In 1552, a von Thannhausen is documented as a Cavalry Hauptmann (Captain) in the service of the Margrave of Ansbach. Until 1849, later generations served mainly with the House of Oettingen-Wallerstein. After that, they served the King of Württemberg as officers or in forestry.
During the centuries, the family seat was exposed to wars and fires; it burned down in 1567, 1621, and 1649. Today's appearance of the castle was created in 1767.
- D.J. Haller and H. Dannenbauer: Von den Karolingern zu den Staufern (Karl Rudolph Schnith, ed.) — Die altdeutsche Kaiserzeit (900–1250), Styria, Graz 1990, ISBN 978-3-222-11973-6
- Dieter Kudorfer: "Das Ries zur Karolingerzeit" in Zeitschrift für bayerische Landesgeschichte, 1970
- Malte Bischoff: "Archiv der Freiherren von und zu Thannhausen" in Inventare der nichtstaatlichen Archive in Baden-Württemberg, vol. 24, Kohlhammer, Stuttgart 1998, ISBN 3-17-015371-4
- Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Freiherrliche Häuser, vol. VIII 1971, Almanach de Gotha
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