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Georg Christian, Fürst von Lobkowitz

Johann Georg Christian, Prince von Lobkowitz (or Lobkowicz), (Prague August 10, 1686 – Vienna October 4, 1755) was an Austrian Generalfeldmarschall.

He was a member of the old Bohemian princely family of Lobkowicz, and was a son of Ferdinand August Leopold, 3rd Prince of Lobkowicz (1655–1715) and his second wife, Maria Anna Wilhelmine of Baden-Baden. His half-brother, Philipp Hyacinth (1680–1734), continued the Roudnice Lobkowicz line as 4th Prince; Georg Christian founded the Hořin-Mělník branch of the Lobkowicz family.

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FamilyEdit

Johann Georg Christian married Countess Henriette von Waldstein-Wartenburg (1702–1780) in Prague on 11 March 1717. They had 10 children. Two of their sons were killed in battle; two other sons, Joseph Maria Karl (1724–1802) and August Joseph Anton (1729–1803) served in the Austrian military and diplomatic corps and became Knights in the Order of the Golden Fleece; and one, Ferdinand Maria, became bishop of Ghent.

Johann Georg Christian, Fürst von Lobkowitz: married to Henriette von Waldstein-Wartenburg.

CareerEdit

He fought under Eugene of Savoy against the Turks in the first half of the 18th century. In 1732 he became Governor of Sicily, and on November 28, 1739 was made a Knight in the Order of the Golden Fleece. In 1741 he attained the rank of field marshal.

During the War of the Austrian Succession, he fought the French and Bavarians between Prague and Munich, and was Governor of the Duchy of Milan between 1743 and 1745. Subsequently, he became the commander-in-chief of the Habsburg forces in Italy, where he lost the Battle of Velletri against the army of King Charles III of Spain. In 1745 he travelled accompanied by Gluck to London.

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  • Marek, Miroslav. "Genealogy.euweb". Genealogy.EU.[self-published source][better source needed]
  • Melnik Castle
  • Stanislav Kasík, Petr Mašek, and Marie Mžyková, Lobkowiczové dějiny a genealogie rodu (České Budějovice,2002)