County of Rantzau

The Imperial County of Rantzau (German: Reichsgrafschaft Rantzau) was an immediate state of the Holy Roman Empire. Its territory is more or less congruent with the present Amt Rantzau.

Imperial County of Rantzau
Reichsgrafschaft Rantzau
1650–1864
StatusImperial county
CapitalBarmstedt
GovernmentImperial county
History 
• Established
1650
• Acquired by Denmark
9 April 1726
• Mediatised to Prussia
1864
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Image missing Holstein-Gottorp
Kingdom of Prussia

In 1649, Frederick III, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, sold his part of the Lordship of Pinneberg, which had formerly belonged to the County of Schauenburg, to Count Christian zu Rantzau (1614–1663), royal Danish governor of Holstein. In 1650 or 1651, Rantzau became an immediate county and state of the Holy Roman Empire. In 1726, it was annexed by the Danish rulers, after Wilhelm Adolf, Count of Rantzau (1688-1734), had murdered his brothers and was imprisoned. Wilhelm Adolf died in 1734 and Rantzau was inherited by the Duchy of Holstein, which was reigned by the Danish kings and its secundogenitures.

Origin in the House of HolsteinEdit

Holstein
Holstein-Kiel
(1261–1390)
Holstein-Itzehoe
(1261–1300)
Holstein-Segeberg
(1273-1308)
Holstein-Plön
(1300–1390)
Holstein-Rendsburg
(1300–1459)
Holstein-Pinneberg
(1300–1640)
Duchy of
Holstein
(from 1474)
Imperial County of Rantzau
(1650–1726)


ReferencesEdit

  • Köbler, G. (2007). Historisches Lexikon der deutschen Länder (7th ed.). p. 549. ISBN 978-3-406-54986-1.

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