Egon VIII of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg

Count of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg
Count of Fürstenberg

Coat of arms of Fürstenberg
Predecessor Frederick IV of Fürstenberg
Successor Herman Egon, Prince of Fürstenberg
Spouse(s) Anna Maria of Hohenzollern-Hechingen


see below
Noble family Fürstenberg
Born 1588
Died 1635

Ernst Egon VIII of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg (March 21, 1588 in Speyer † 24 August 1635 in Constance) was Imperial Count of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg (1618–1635) and Bavarian Field-marshal, and an important military leader in the Thirty Years' War.


Egon came from the noble House Fürstenberg, his father was Frederick IV of Fürstenberg (1563–1617), his mother Elizabeth of Sulz (1562/63-1601).

Presumably the third son of the couple, Egon held several church offices. He was Chorbishop of Magdeburg and Strasbourg, treasurer and prebendary, Provost at St. Gereon in Cologne and of Archduke Leopold, Bishop of Passau and Strasbourg, Council and the governor in the autonomous Cathedral district of Rouffach.[1]

By an imperial letters patent from 9 September 1619 he was made a warlord of the Catholic League (German) during the Thirty Years War.[1] In 1631 Egon of Fürstenberg enforced the Edict of Restitution in Franconia and Württemberg.[2] Together with Johann von Aldringen he waged war on Württemberg after the Peace of Cherasco which forced the Duke of Württemberg to submit to the emperor and to distance himself from the decisions of the Leipzig convention.[3] On 14 September 1631 during the siege of Leipzig he commanded the right wing of the imperial troops led by general Tilly.[2]

Marriage and descendants

Egon married Anna Maria of Hohenzollern-Hechingen (1605 - 1652),[1] the daughter of Georg of Hohenzollern-Hechingen and they had seven sons and four daughters:


External links

  1. 1 2 3 Ersch, Johann Samuel (1850). "Fürstenberg". Allgemeine Encyklopädie der Wissenschaften und Künste in alphabetischer Folge (in German). 51. Leipzig: Brockhaus. p. 495.
  2. 1 2 "Fürstenberg, Franz Egon Graf von" (in German). Lüder H. Niemeyer Kunsthandel.
  3. Wilhelm Edler von Janko, John Schött (1875), "Aldringen, Graf Johann von", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 1, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 327 – 329
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