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Lordship of Schellenberg

The Lordship of Schellenberg (German: Herrschaft Schellenberg) was a historic state of the Holy Roman Empire, now located in the Principality of Liechtenstein. Its capital was the town of Schellenberg.[1]

Lordship of Schellenberg

Herrschaft Schellenberg
9th century – 1719
Flag of Schellenberg
Flag
Coat of arms of Schellenberg
Coat of arms
Map of Liechtenstein highlighting the current electoral district of Unterland (red), coextensive with the Lordship of Schellenberg
Map of Liechtenstein highlighting the current
electoral district of Unterland (red),
coextensive with the Lordship of Schellenberg
StatusLordship
CapitalSchellenberg, Vaduz
47°14′0.98″N 9°32′53.01″E / 47.2336056°N 9.5480583°E / 47.2336056; 9.5480583Coordinates: 47°14′0.98″N 9°32′53.01″E / 47.2336056°N 9.5480583°E / 47.2336056; 9.5480583
Common languagesGerman
GovernmentLordship
Historical eraMiddle Ages
• County created by Charlemagne
9th century
• Purchased by Counts of Vaduz
1437
1499
1706
• Acquired by Liechtenstein dynasty
1719
Area
34.8 km2 (13.4 sq mi)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Raetia
Liechtenstein
Today part of Liechtenstein

GeographyEdit

Located north of the County of Vaduz, its area corresponds to the current electoral district of Unterland (German: Wahlkreis Unterland). The territory included the current municipalities of Eschen, Gamprin, Mauren, Ruggell and Schellenberg.

HistoryEdit

The lordship was constituted in the 9th century by Charlemagne, and purchased to the Counts of Vaduz in 1437, becoming de facto a dependency united to the County of Vaduz. After the Swabian War in 1499, both came under Austrian suzerainty. Different dynasties of counts bought and sold them, until their purchase in 1699 by Hans-Adam I, Prince of Liechtenstein, for 115,000 guilders; which had been granted princely status in 1706, but which needed to acquire a territory with imperial immediacy in order to vote in the Diet of the Princes of the Empire. In 1712, the Liechtenstein dynasty also purchased the nearby County of Vaduz, for 290,000 guilders.[2][3] The Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI, formally united Vaduz and Schellenberg in 1719 as the Principality of Liechtenstein.[4]

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