Armgard, Countess of Rietberg

Countess Armgard of Rietberg (also: Irmgard; died 13 July 1584) was from 1562 to 1584 Countess of Rietberg in her own right. She was also Countess of Hoya by marriage from 1568 to 1575 and Countess of Lippe by marriage from 1578 until her death.

Armgard, Countess of Rietberg
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Armgard and Walburgis of Rietberg, detail of a family portrait by Hermann tom Ring
Died13 July 1584
Spouse(s)Eric V, Count of Hoya
Simon VI, Count of Lippe
FatherJohn II, Count of Rietberg
MotherAgnes of Bentheim-Steinfurt

Armgard was the elder of two daughters of John II and Agnes of Bentheim-Steinfurt. Armgard married on 3 January 1568 Count Eric V of Hoya. He died on 12 March 1575. Armgard then married on 26 June 1578 Count Simon VI of Lippe.

Her father died on 11 December 1562. Because she had no brothers, Armgard and her sister Walburgis inherited his possessions. Because they were minors, their mother acted as guardian and Regent. On 27 September 1576, Armgard and Walburgis divided their inheritance: Armgard received Rietberg; Walburgis received the Harlingerland.

Armgard died childless on 13 July 1584 and the County of Rietberg fell to her sister Walburgis, so that the County of Rietberg and Harlingerland were reunited in one hand.[1]

References and sourcesEdit

  • Onno Klopp (1856), Geschichte Ostfrieslands von 1570-1751, Rümpler, pp. 25 ff

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Armgard and Walburga Archived 10 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine retrieved on 12 February 2010
Armgard, Countess of Rietberg
House of Rietberg
 Died: 13 July 1584
Preceded by
John II
Countess of Rietberg
1565–1584
Succeeded by
Walburgis
Preceded by
Katharina of Waldeck-Eisenberg
Countess consort of Lippe
1578–1584
Succeeded by
Elisabeth of Holstein-Schaumburg