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Maximilian I, Prince of Hohenzollern Sigmaringen

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Name  Maximilian Prince
Spouse(s)  Maria Clara of Berg-'s-Heerenberg
Father  Meinrad I, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Mother  Anna Marie of Torring at Seefeld
Born  20 January 1636 (1636-01-20)
Died  August 13, 1689, Sigmaringen, Germany
Parents  Meinrad I, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Children  Meinrad II, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Grandchildren  Joseph Friedrich Ernst, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Grandparents  Johann, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Great-grandparents  Charles II, Count of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen

Noble family  House of Hohenzollern

Maximilian I, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (20 January 1636 – 13 August 1689 in Sigmaringen) was a German nobleman. He was the third ruling Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen; he ruled from 1681 until his death.



Maximilian was the son of Prince Meinrad I (1605-1681) from his marriage to Anna Marie (1613-1682), daughter of Ferdinand Baron of Törring at Seefeld. He was named after Elector Maximilian I of Bavaria, whom his father was serving at the time of his birth.

He joined the Imperial army, together with his younger brother Francis Anthony. He command a Dragoon regiment and, like his cousins in the Hohenzollern-Hechingen line, fought under Emperor Leopold I in the Fourth Austro-Turkish War. During the Franco-Dutch War, he commanded the imperial army on the Rhine. After the Peace of Nijmegen of 1675, Maximilian returned to Vienna.

Maximilian married Maria Clara in Boxmeer on 12 January 1666. She was a daughter of Count Albert of Berg-'s-Heerenberg. After the death of her brother Oswald III in 1712, she inherited the County of 's-Heerenberg, which thus fell to the House of Hohenzollern. Among his Dutch possessions were the Lordships of Boxmeer, Bergh, Diksmuide, Gendringen, Etten, Wisch, Pannerden and Millingen.

In 1681, his father died. Maximilian divided the inheritance with his brother. Francis Anthony received the County of Haigerloch; Maximilian received the original County of Sigmaringen. He initiated various construction projects in the town of Sigmaringen, among them and expansion of Sigmaringen Castle.

Marriage and issue

From his marriage to Maria Clara, he following children:

  • Anna Maria (1666-1668)
  • Maria Magdalena Clara (1668-1725), a nun in Gnadenthal Abbey
  • Cleopha Maria Theresa (1669-1731), a nun in Buchau Abbey
  • Meinrad II Charles Anthony (1673-1715), Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, married in 1700 to Countess Catherina Johanna of Montfort (1678-1759)
  • Francis Albert Oswald (1676-1748), a canon in Cologne
  • Francis Henry (1678-1731), a canon in Cologne and Augsburg
  • Charles Anthony (1679-1684)
  • Anthony Sidonius (1681-1719), fell in battle, married in 1712 to Countess Maria Josepha of Verdenberg and Namiest (1687-1745)
  • John Francis Anthony (1683-1733) fell in battle, married:
    1. in 1712 to Maria Barbara Everhardt of Lightemhaag
    2. Maria Antonia of Frauenberg (b. 1705)
  • Maximilian Froben Maria (1685-1734), a monk
  • Charles (1687-1689)
  • Friederike Christiane Maria (1688-1745), married in 1718 to Sebastian, Count of Montfort-Tettnang (1684-1728)
  • References

    Maximilian I, Prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen Wikipedia

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