Eric V of Hoya (1535 – 12 March 1575) was from 1563 to 1575 Count of Hoya.

Eric V, Count of Hoya
Died(1575-03-12)12 March 1575
Noble familyHouse of Hoya
Spouse(s)Armgard, Countess of Rietberg
FatherJobst II, Count of Hoya
MotherAnna of Gleichen

Life edit

Eric was the son of Jobst II of Hoya and Anna of Gleichen. As a younger son, Eric was initially destined for an ecclesiastical career. He was a canon of Bremen, Cologne and Strasbourg. After his older brother Albert II had died childless in 1563, Eric ruled the county of Hoya jointly with his younger brother Otto VIII.

After introducing the Reformation in his territories, he issued in 1573 a Lutheran Church Order for his counties Hoya, Rietberg and Bruchhausen and the Lordships of Esens, Stedesdorf and Wittmund (in the Harlingerland).

Marriage edit

Eric's wife Armgard (left) and her sister Walburgis of Rietberg, detail of a family portrait by Hermann tom Ring

In 1568, Eric married Countess Armgard of Rietberg. At the same time, his brother Otto VIII married Armgard's mother, Agnes of Rietberg (born in Bentheim-Steinfurt). He took up the regency of the Harlingerland for his wife and her underage sister Walburgis. The sisters had inherited Harlingerland from their father, Count John II.

Eric's marriage remained childless. After Eric's death Armgard married Count Simon VI of Lippe. The county of Rietberg and the Harlingerland fell to Walburgis. His brother Otto took up the government of Hoya. Otto was the last Count of Hoya; he died childless in 1582.

References edit

  • Heinrich Gade: Historisch-geographisch-statistische Beschreibung der Grafschaften Hoya und Diepholz, Nienburg, 1901
  • Wilhelm Hodenberg (ed.): Hoyer Urkundenbuch, Hannover, 1848–1856
  • Bernd Ulrich Hucker: Die Grafen von Hoya, Hoya, 1993
  • Museum Nienburg: Die Grafschaften Bruchhausen, Diepholz, Hoya und Wölpe, Nienburg, 2000