Egon VIII of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg

Egon VIII of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg (Ernst Egon; 21 March 1588 in Speyer – 24 August 1635 in Constance) was Imperial Count of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg (1618–1635) and Bavarian Field-marshal, and an important military leader in the Thirty Years' War.

Egon VIII
Count of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg
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Coat of arms of Fürstenberg
PredecessorFrederick IV of Fürstenberg
SuccessorHerman Egon, Prince of Fürstenberg
BornErnst Egon of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg
1588
Died1635
Noble familyFürstenberg
Spouse(s)Anna Maria of Hohenzollern-Hechingen
Issuesee below
FatherFrederick IV of Fürstenberg
MotherElisabeth of Sulz

Life and careerEdit

Egon came from the noble house of Fürstenberg. His father was Frederick IV of Fürstenberg (1563–1617), and his mother was Elizabeth of Sulz (1562/63-1601).

Presumably the third son of the couple, Egon held several church offices. He was Chorbishop of Magdeburg and Strasbourg, treasurer and prebendary, Provost at St. Gereon in Cologne and of Archduke Leopold, Bishop of Passau and Strasbourg, Council and the governor in the autonomous Cathedral district of Rouffach.[1]

By imperial letters patent of 9 September 1619, he was made a warlord of the Catholic League (German) during the Thirty Years War.[1] In 1631, Egon of Fürstenberg enforced the Edict of Restitution in Franconia and Württemberg.[2] Together with Johann von Aldringen, he waged war on Württemberg after the Peace of Cherasco, which forced the Duke of Württemberg to submit to the emperor and to distance himself from the decisions of the Leipzig convention.[3] On 14 September 1631, during the siege of Leipzig, he commanded the right wing of the imperial troops led by General Tilly.[2]

Marriage and descendantsEdit

Egon married Anna Maria of Hohenzollern-Hechingen (1605–1652),[1] the daughter of Georg of Hohenzollern-Hechingen. They had seven sons and four daughters:

SourcesEdit

  • Theatrum Europaeum, Vol 2, Frankfurt am Main, 1646, p. 396 online]
  • Fickler, Carl Borromäus Alois (1844). Kurze Geschichte der Häuser Fürstenberg, Geroldseck und von der Leyen. Karlsruhe: E. Macklot. p. 17.
  • Münch, Ernst Hermann Joseph; Fickler, Carl Borromäus Alois (1829). Geschichte des Hauses und Landes Fürstenberg. 1. Aachen and Leipzig: J. A. Mayer. pp. 322–368.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Ersch, Johann Samuel (1850). "Fürstenberg". Allgemeine Encyklopädie der Wissenschaften und Künste in alphabetischer Folge (in German). 51. Leipzig: Brockhaus. p. 495-496.
  2. ^ a b "Fürstenberg, Franz Egon Graf von" (in German). Lüder H. Niemeyer Kunsthandel.
  3. ^ Wilhelm Edler von Janko, John Schött (1875), "Aldringen, Graf Johann von", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 1, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 327–329