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Lobkowitz



The Lobkowicz family (Lobkovicové in modern Czech, sg. z Lobkovic; Lobkowitz in German) dates back to the 14th century and is one of the oldest Bohemian noble families. The first Lobkowiczs were mentioned as members of the gentry of north-eastern Bohemia.

Members

  • Mikuláš Chudý ("the Poor") z Újezda (later z Lobkovic) was an important politician of the 15th century.
  • Bohuslav Hasištejnský z Lobkovic was an essayist and poet.
  • His brother Jan Hasištejnský z Lobkovic was a diplomat and pilgrim to the Holy Land.
  • Vilém mladší Popel z Lobkovic (c. 22 July 1575 – 1 January 1647; William the Younger Popel of Lobkowicz, Royal councillor; Courtly justice, 1628–34; Highest hunter, 1634–47) inherited the lordship of Horšovský Týn on 15 June 1587, which had been purchased by his father John the Younger in 1546. Being Protestant he was dispossessed in favour of the Catholic Lokowicz line after the Battle of White Mountain in 1620. Vilém was through his daughter Anna Magdalene, Baroness Popel von Lobkowitz (20 July 1606 – 7 September 1668) father-in-law of Julius Henry of Saxe-Lauenburg since 18 August 1632.[1]
  • Zdeněk Vojtěch Popel z Lobkovic was the head of the Catholic Party in early 17th century Bohemia and received Imperial as well as Bohemian princely title in 1620s.
  • Václav Eusebius František, Prince of Lobkowicz (1609–1677), his son, Imperial Field marshal and diplomat, and since 1646 Duke of Sagan.
  • Georg Christian, Fürst von Lobkowicz was an Imperial Field marshal and founder of the Mělník-Lobkowicz branch.
  • Jiří Kristián z Lobkowicz was a Bohemian politician and head of Bohemian Diet in the late 19th century.
  • Prince Georg Christian of Lobkowitz (1907–1932), racing driver; died after a crash at the German Grand Prix.

Historically, the best known member of the Lobkowicz family is probably Joseph Franz Maximilian Lobkowicz (1772–1816), one of Haydn's and Beethoven's patrons. He was the dedicatee of some of these composers' greatest works, including Haydn's "Lobkowitz" quartets (Op. 77), and Beethoven's 3rd, 5th, and 6th symphonies and his Op. 18 string quartets.

In 1918/1919 both Austria and Czechoslovakia abolished nobility including its titles and other prerogatives.

Today, there are four main branches of family: the Roudnice Lobkowiczs, the Křimice Lobkowiczs, the Dolni Beřkovice Lobkowiczs, and the Mělník Lobkowiczs.

Well-known Lobkowiczs of today are:

Family seats

  • Křimice
  • Bilina
  • Lobkovice
  • Mělník
  • Nelahozeves
  • Roudnice nad Labem
  • Střekov Ústí nad Labem)
  • Hořín
  • Jezeří
  • Vysoký Chlumec
  • Hasištejn
  • Chomutov
  • Líčkov
  • Felixburk
  • Neustadt an der Waldnaab
  • Sagan
  • Horšovský Týn
  • Zbiroh
  • Tachov

See also

External links

  • Lobkowicz.com - Remembering Edouard de Lobkowicz
  • the Mělník Lobkowiczs
  • Michal Lobkowicz
  • Jaroslav Lobkowicz
  • František Václav Lobkowicz
  • Association Malte Liban

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