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Johann Georg, Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen

Johann Georg of Hohenzollern-Hechingen born 1577 in Hechingen; died 28 September 1623 in Hechingen was the first Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen


  • 1 Life
  • 2 Marriage and issue
  • 3 Footnotes
  • 4 References


Johann Georg was the only surviving son of Count Eitel Friedrich IV of Hohenzollern-Hechingen 1545–1605 from his second marriage with Sibylle 1558–1599, daughter of Count Froben Christoph of Zimmern Johann Georg was raised by his relatives in Berlin at the court of Brandenburg[1]

Johann Georg was a Catholic and loyal to the Emperor's side From 1603 to 1605, he was president of the Reichskammergericht and later he was president of the Aulic Council[2] The latter post proved helpful when during a military confrontation with Georg Dietrich of Westerstetten, Johann Georg's army had inadvertently strayed into Württemberg territory

He represented Austria at the Imperial Diet Together with Johann Pistorius, the tried, in vain, to persuade margrave Georg Friedrich of Baden-Durlach to revert to Catholicism In 1609, the emperor sent him as a special envoy to the French court On his return, he met Archduke Albrecht VII in Brussels He would correspond with the Archduke ever after

Because of the low pay and several disputes with Melchior Klesl, he tried to resign three times in 1612 and 1613 The Emperor, however, did not accept his resignation In 1614, he was again sent on a successful mission to France

In 1620, Emperor Ferdinand II made Johann Georg a Knight of the Order of the Golden Fleece and in on 23 March 1623, he was made an Imperial Prince, together with 22 other imperial counts, including the counts of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen and Hohenzollern-Haigerloch With this elevation, Ferdinand attempted to restore the balance between Catholic and Protestant princes[3]

Johann Georg was described as a talented and scientifically formed[4] In 1623, he added bastions to his hohenzollern Castle

Marriage and issue

Johann Georg married on 11 October 1598 in Hechingen with Franziska d 1619, daughter of Wild- and Rhinegrave Friedrich I of Salm-Neufville They had the following children:

  • Karl 1599–1599
  • Sibyl died 1621
married in 1615 Ernst of Marck, Count of Schleiden 1590–1654
  • Franziska Katharina died 1665
married in 1619 Count Jakob Hannibal II of Hohenems 1595–1646
  • Eitel Friedrich V 1601–1661 :married in 1630 Countess Elisabeth of Berg-'s-Heerenberg, Marchioness and heiress of Bergen op Zoom 1613–1671
  • Johann Friedrich / † 1602
  • Anna Maria 1603–1652
married Landgrave Egon VIII of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg 1588–1635
  • Georg Friedrich died 1633, fell in battle
  • Marie Domina died young
  • Katharina Ursula died 1640
married in 1624 Margrave William von Baden-Baden 1593–1677
  • Renate Marie died 1637
married in 1625 with Count Hugo of Königsegg-Rothenfels 1595–1666
  • Maximiliane died 1639
married in 1630 with Johann Franz Trautson, count of Falkenstein 1609–1663
  • Leopold Friedrich died 1659, a canon at Cologne
  • Anna Maria 1614–1670
married in 1630 Count Ernst of Isenburg-Grenzau 1584–1664
  • Philipp, Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen 1616–1671
married in 1662 with Margravine Marie Sidonie of Baden-Rodemachern 1635–1686


  1. ^ Mara R Wade: Pomp, power, and politics: essays on German and Scandinavian court culture and their contexts, Rodopi, 2004, p 64
  2. ^ Kaiserl Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien, Philosophisch-Historische Klasse: Sitzungsberichte der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Philosophisch-Historische Klasse, vol 26-27, K K Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, 1858, p 206
  3. ^ Das staats-lexikon: Encyklopädie der sämmtlichen Staatswissenschaften für alle Stände, vol 8, F A Brockhaus, 1863, p 296 Online
  4. ^ Heidelberger Jahrbücher der Literatur, vol 41, Mohr und Winter, 1848, p 126 Online


  • Willi Eisele 1972, "Johann Georg", Neue Deutsche Biographie NDB in German, 9, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, pp 501–501mw-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
  • E G Johler: Geschichte, Land- und Ortskunde der souverainen teutschen Fürstenthümer Hohenzollern, Hechingen und Sigmaringen, 1824, p 54 ff
Johann Georg, Prince of Hohenzollern-Hechingen House of HohenzollernBorn: 1577 Died: 28 September 1623
Preceded by
Eitel Friedrich IV
Count of Hohenzollern-Hechingen
Succeeded by
Eitel Friedrich V

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