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Eitel Friedrich II, Count of Hohenzollern

Eitel Friedrich II, Count of Hohenzollern c 1452 – 18 June 1512 in Trier, Electorate of Trier was a count of Hohenzollern and belonged to the Swabian line of the House of Hohenzollern He was the first president of the Reichskammergericht As a close friend of the Archduke and later Emperor Maximilian I, he gained great influence in the imperial politics He managed to consolidate and expand his own territory


  • 1 Relationship with the Franconian line
  • 2 Relationship with the House of Habsburg
  • 3 Legacy
  • 4 Issue
  • 5 Ancestry
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Relationship with the Franconian line

Eitel Friedrich II was the son and heir of Count Jobst Nikolaus I 1433–1488 He continued his father's policy of good relationships with the Franconian line of the House of Hohenzollern, who ruled the Burgraviate of Nuremberg and the Margraviate of Brandenburg During his father's reign, he spent several years at the court of Elector Albrecht Achilles From 1481, he served as captain of the Lordship of Krosno Odrzańskie, east of the Oder In 1483, he became a Councillor in Brandenburg Later, he served as governor of Kottbus and Züllichau

In 1482 in Berlin, he married Magdalena, the daughter of Margrave Friedrich of the Altmark, thus creating a family relationship between the two lines of Hohenzollern Elector Albrecht Achilles, who held some possessions in Swabia himself, protected his Swabian relatives against the powerful Counts of Württemberg, who had formed a threat to the Swabian Hohenzollerns for a long time

Relationship with the House of Habsburg

Eitel Friedrich II was a close friend of Maximilian I and maintained excellent relations with the House of Habsburg This gained great influence on imperial politics He provided diplomatic services for Maximilian and fought for him in the Netherlands He distinguished himself in the Battle of Guinegate in 1479 and in 1488, he led the vanguard against rebellious citizens of Bruges, who held the newly elected Emperor captive

Eitel Friedrich had served Maximilan as judge and when the Reichskammergericht was established in 1495, Eitel Friedrich was its first president In 1497 or 1498, he was appointed as Councillor in Austria In 1499, Eitel Friedrich and Dietrich Blumeneck led a small army against Switzerland and conquered Rorschach on the south bank of Lake Constance In 1500, he occupied the County of Gorizia for Austria In 1501, he was awarded the Order of the Golden Fleece

On 12 September 1504, during the Landshut War of Succession, he fought at Regensburg against Bohemia and the Palatinate He commanded the right wing of the cavalry and contributed significantly to the victory


Tombstone of Eitel Friedrich II and his wife in the Collegiate Church in Hechingen

In 1505 Eitel Friedrich II founded the Collegiate Church in Hechingen, where a tombstone for him and his wife can be seen


The following children were born from the marriage of Eitel Friedrich and Magdalena of Brandenburg:

  • Franz Wolfgang 1483 or 1484 – 1517, married c 1503 to Margravine Rosine of Baden 1487–1554
  • Wandelberta c 1484 – 1551, married in 1507 to Count Albrecht III of Hohenlohe-Weikersheim d 1551
  • Joachim 1485 or 1486 – 1538, married in 1513 to Anastasia of Stoffeln d 1530
  • Maria Salome 1488–1548, married in 1507 to Count Ludwig XV of Oettingen d 1557
  • Eitel Friedrich III 1494–1525, his successor, married Johanna of Witthem d 1544
  • Anna 1496–1530, a nun


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  • Martin Dressel: Graf Eitelfriedrich II von Zollern 1452 - 1512, Gesellschaft für Reichskammergerichtsforschung, Wetzlar, 1995
  • Wolfgang Neugebauer: Die Hohenzollern Anfänge, Landesstaat und monarchische Autokratie bis 1740, vol 1, Stuttgart, Berlin and Cologne, 1996
  • Theodor Schön 1900, "Zollern: Graf Eitel Friedrich II von", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie ADB in German, 45, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp 414–415mw-parser-output citecitationmw-parser-output citation qmw-parser-output id-lock-free a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-free amw-parser-output id-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output id-lock-registration a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-limited a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-registration amw-parser-output id-lock-subscription a,mw-parser-output citation cs1-lock-subscription amw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registrationmw-parser-output cs1-subscription span,mw-parser-output cs1-registration spanmw-parser-output cs1-ws-icon amw-parser-output codecs1-codemw-parser-output cs1-hidden-errormw-parser-output cs1-visible-errormw-parser-output cs1-maintmw-parser-output cs1-subscription,mw-parser-output cs1-registration,mw-parser-output cs1-formatmw-parser-output cs1-kern-left,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-leftmw-parser-output cs1-kern-right,mw-parser-output cs1-kern-wl-rightmw-parser-output citation mw-selflink
  • Constantin von Wurzbach: Hohenzollern, Eitel Friedrich IV, in: Biographisches Lexikon des Kaiserthums Oesterreich, vol 9, Verlag L C Zamarski, Vienna, 1863, p 217

External links

  • Entry at deutschemonarchiede
Eitel Friedrich II, Count of Hohenzollern House of HohenzollernBorn: c 1452 Died: 18 June 1512
Preceded by
Jobst Nikolaus I
Count of Hohenzollern
Succeeded by
Eitel Friedrich III

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