The House of Starhemberg (German pronunciation: [ˈʃtaːʁəmbɛʁk]) is the name of an old and distinguished Austrian noble family originating from Upper Austria, specifically Steyr and Steinbach.[1] Members of the family played important political role within the Holy Roman Empire and later in the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

County (Principality) of Starhemberg
Grafschaft (Fürstentum) Starhemberg
StatusState of the Holy Roman Empire
Historical eraEarly modern period
• Castle built by
    Ottokar of Styria
• County gained
• Raised to principality
• Mediatised to the
    Austrian Empire
Succeeded by
Austrian Empire
Original arms of the family

History edit

The first known member Gundaker I von Steyr was mentioned in the 12th century. In 1150, he married Richezza von Steinbach (Richezza nobilis matrona de Steinpach), and through her he inherited Steinbach in 1160. They were made by imperial counts (Reichsgrafen) in 1643 by Emperor Ferdinand III, and were later raised to princely rank (Reichsfürsten) in 1765 by Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor. In 1806, the Princes of Starhemberg lost their independence through mediatisation initialized by Napoleon and lost its sovereign rights, but allowed to retain equality of birth with other reigning families, which was an important fact for marriage purposes. The family belongs to the small circle of high nobility,[2] and their Starhemberg Palace (German: Schloss Starhemberg) in Eferding, Upper Austria, includes a museum about the family's history.

Mediatized Princes of Starhemberg edit

  • Camillo, 4th Prince (1804-1872)[citation needed]
    • Camillo, 5th Prince 1872-1900 (1835-1900)
      • Ernst Rüdiger, 6th Prince 1900-1927 (1861-1927)
        • Ernst Rüdiger, 7th Prince 1927-1956 (1899-1956)
          • Heinrich, 8th Prince 1956-1997 (1934-1997)
        • Prince Georg (1904-1978)
          • Prince Franz (1933-1995)
            • Georg Adam, 9th Prince 1997–present (b.1961)
            • Prince Franz (b.1963)
              • Prince Nicolaus (b.2001)

Notable family members edit

References edit

  1. ^ Schwerdling, Johann (1830). Geschichte des Hauses Starhemberg (in German). Linz: gedruckt bey Jos. Feichtinger's sel., Witwe.
  2. ^ Graf Thürheim (1889). Ludwig, Fürst Starhemberg (in German). Graz. p. 171.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)

Further reading edit

  • Genealogisches Handbuch des Adels, Adelslexikon Band XIV, Gesamtreihe Band 131, C. A. Starke Verlag, Limburg/Lahn, 2003, pp. 24–26 (in German).

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