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Lordship (County, Principality) of Reuss-Lobenstein

Herrschaft (Grafschaft, Fürstentum) Reuß-Lobenstein
StatusState of the Holy Roman Empire, then
State of the Confederation of the Rhine
CapitalNeundorf bei Lobenstein
Historical eraEarly Modern Age
• Partitioned from
• Annexed to Reuß-Plauen
1547 1425
• Re-created by partition
    from Reuß-Schleiz
• Raised to county
• Partitioned to create
    Reuß-Hirschberg and
• Partitioned to create
• Raised to principality
1790 1824
• Inherited by R-Ebersdorf
Preceded by
Succeeded by

Reuss-Lobenstein (German: Reuß-Lobenstein) was a state located in the German part of the Holy Roman Empire. The members of Reuss-Lobenstein family belonged to the Reuss Junior Line. Reuss-Lobenstein has existed on two occasions, it was firstly created in 1425 as a lordship with Heinrich II, Lord of Reuss-Lobenstein becoming the first ruler. The first Lordship of Reuss-Lobenstein came to an end in 1547 when the territory went to Reuss-Plauen.

Reuss-Lobenstein was recreated in 1647 again as a lordship which it remained until 1673 when the title of lord was upgraded to count. Following the death of Count Heinrich X in 1671, Reuss-Lobenstein was ruled jointly by his three sons Heinrich III, Heinrich VIII and Heinrich X. In 1678 Reuss-Lobenstein was partitioned with Heinrich III remaining Count of Reuss-Lobenstein, Heinrich VIII becoming Count of Reuss-Hirschberg and Heinrich X becoming the Count of Reuss-Ebersdorf. Reuss-Lobenstein was partitioned for a second time in 1710 following the death of Heinrich III with Reuss-Selbitz being created for a younger son Heinrich XXVI while his eldest son Heinrich XV succeeded him as count of Reuss-Lobenstein.

Reuss-Lobenstein was raised to a principality in 1790 and joined the Confederation of the Rhine on 15 December 1806. With the death of Prince Heinrich LIV in 1824 the Reuss-Lobenstein line became extinct and was inherited by the Prince of Reuss-Ebersdorf.

Rulers of Reuss-Lobenstein

Lords of Reuss-Lobenstein, 1425–1547

  • Heinrich II, 1425–70
  • Heinrich I, 1482–87
  • Heinrich II, 1482–1500, with
    • Heinrich III, 1482–1498
  • Heinrich I, 1500–38, with
    • Heinrich II, 1500–1547

To Reuss-Plauen, 1547

Lords of Reuss-Lobenstein 1647–1673

  • Heinrich X, 1647–71
  • Heinrich III, 1671–1710, with
    • Heinrich VIII, 1671–73 and
    • Heinrich X, 1671–73

Raised to county, 1673

Counts of Reuss-Lobenstein (1673–1790)

  • Heinrich III, 1673–1710, with
    • Heinrich VIII (count of Reuss-Hirschberg from 1678), 1673–78 and
    • Heinrich X (count of Reuss-Ebersdorf from 1678), 1673–78
  • Heinrich XV, 1710–39
  • Heinrich II, 1739–82
  • Heinrich XXXV, 1782–90

Raised to principality, 1790

Princes of Reuss-Lobenstein (1790–1824)

  • Heinrich XXXV, 1790–1805
  • Heinrich LIV, 1805–24

To Reuss-Ebersdorf, 1824

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