Solms-Braunfels

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County (Principality) of Solms-Braunfels

Grafschaft (Fürstentum) Solms-Braunfels
1258–1806
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Coat of arms
StatusState of the Holy Roman Empire
CapitalBraunfels
Common languagesWest Central German
GovernmentPrincipality
Historical eraMiddle Ages
• Partitioned from Solms
1258
• Partitioned to create
    Ottenstein

1325
• Partitioned to create Lich
1409
• Partitioned to create
    Greifenstein and Hungen

1592
• Raised to principality
1742
• Mediatised to Austria,
    Hesse, Prussia and
    Württemberg
1806
Preceded by
Succeeded by
County of Solms
Archduchy of Austria
Grand Duchy of Hesse
Kingdom of Prussia
Kingdom of Württemberg

Solms-Braunfels was a County with Imperial immediacy in what is today the federal Land of Hesse in Germany.

Solms-Braunfels was a partition of Solms, ruled by the House of Solms, and was raised to a Principality of the Holy Roman Empire in 1742. Solms-Braunfels was partitioned between: itself and Solms-Ottenstein in 1325; itself and Solms-Lich in 1409; and itself, Solms-Greifenstein and Solms-Hungen in 1592. Solms-Braunfels was mediatised to Austria, Hesse-Darmstadt, Prussia and Württemberg in 1806.

Rulers[edit]

Counts of Solms-Braunfels (1258–1742)[1][2][edit]

  • Henry III, Count 1258–1312 (died 1312), elder son of Henry II, Count of Solms
    • Bernhard I, Count 1312–49 (died 1349), second son of Henry III
      • Otto I, Count 1349–1410 (died 1410)
        • Bernhard II, Count 1409–59 (died 1459)
          • Otto II, Count 1459–1504 (1426–1504)
            • Bernhard III, Count 1504–47 (1468–1547)
              • Philipp, Count 1547–81 (1494–1581)
                • Konrad, Count 1581–92 (1540–1592)
                  • Johann Albrecht I, Count 1592–1623 (1563–1623); his third daughter was Amalia, wife of Frederick Henry, Prince of Orange
                    • Konrad Ludwig, Count 1623–35 (1595–1635)
                    • Johann Albrecht II, Count 1635–48 (1599–1647)
                  • Wilhelm I, Count of Solms-Greifenstein (1570–1635)
                    • Wilhelm II, Count of Solms-Greifenstein (1609–1676)

Princes of Solms-Braunfels (1742–1806)[3][edit]

Mediatized Princes of Solms-Braunfels[edit]

The princely House of Solms-Braunfels became extinct with Georg Friedrich Victor in 1970. Braunfels Castle was inherited by the last Prince's son-in-law, the Count of Oppersdorff who changed the family name in 1969 to Oppersdorff-Solms-Braunfels.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marek, Miroslav. "solms/solms1.html". genealogy.euweb.cz.[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. ^ Marek, Miroslav. "solms/solms2.html". genealogy.euweb.cz.[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ Marek, Miroslav. "solms/solms3.html". genealogy.euweb.cz.[self-published source][better source needed]