Regents

The regents of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt who resided in Rudolstadt until 1918 were of minor political and economical importance. However, they succeeded in defending their territory almost unchanged since the 16th century against the turmoils throughout the centuries until the beginning of the 20th century.
Especially important for the princely house was the fact that their dynasty could be traced trace back to the 8th century and that in 1349, even if only for a few months, Guenther XXI, a Schwarzburgian, ascended the German king’s throne.

In 1571 Count Albrecht VII of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt chose Rudolstadt as his place of residence. Heidecksburg palace became the permanent domicile of the counts and princes of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt.

 

The counts and princes since 1571

 

Count Albrecht VII

Count Albrecht VII

(1537—1605)
ruled from 1571 until 1605

Count Carl Guenther

Count Carl Guenther

(1576—1630)
ruled from 1605 until 1630

Count Albrecht Guenther

Count Albrecht Guenther

(1582—1634)
ruled from 1612 until 1634

Count Ludwig Guenther I

Count Ludwig Guenther I

(1581—1646)
ruled from 1612 until 1646

Countess Aemilie Antonie

Countess Aemilie Antonie

(1614—1670)
ruled as a regent for her son Albert from 1646 until 1662

Count Albert Anton

Count Albert Anton

(1641—1710)
ruled from 1662 until 1710

Prince Ludwig Friedrich I

Prince Ludwig Friedrich I

(1667—1718)
ruled from 1710 until 1718
(raised to principality in 1710)

Prince Friedrich Anton

Prince Friedrich Anton

(1692—1744)
ruled from 1718 until 1744

Prince Johann Friedrich

Prince Johann Friedrich

(1721—1767)
ruled from 1744 until 1767

Prince Ludwig Guenther II

Prince Ludwig Guenther II

(1708—1790)
ruled from 1767 until 1790

Prince Friedrich Carl

Prince Friedrich Carl

(1736—1793)
ruled from 1790 until 1793

Prince Ludwig Friedrich II

Prince Ludwig Friedrich II

(1767—1807)
ruled from 1793 until 1807

Princess Caroline Louise

Princess Caroline Louise

(1771—1854)
ruled as regent for her son Friedrich Guenther from 1807 until 1814

Prince Friedrich Guenther

Prince Friedrich Guenther

(1793—1867)
ruled from 1814 until 1867

Prince Albert

Prince Albert

(1798—1869)
ruled from 1867 until 1869

Prince Georg Albert

Prince Georg Albert

(1838—1890)
ruled from 1869 until 1890

Prince Guenther Viktor

Prince Guenther Viktor

(1852—1925)
ruled from 1890 until 1918, since 1909 also prince of Schwarzburg-Sondershausen

 


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