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Lordship (County, Principality) of Reuss-Lobenstein
Herrschaft (Grafschaft, Fürstentum) Reuß-Lobenstein
1425–1547
1647–1824
The Reuss Junior Line within Thuringia
StatusState of the Holy Roman Empire, then
State of the Confederation of the Rhine
CapitalNeundorf bei Lobenstein
GovernmentPrincipality
Historical eraEarly Modern Age
• Partitioned from
    Reuß-Gera
 
1425
• Annexed to Reuß-Plauen
1547 1425
• Re-created by partition
    from Reuß-Schleiz
 
1647
• Raised to county
1673
• Partitioned to create
    Reuß-Hirschberg and
    Reuß-Ebersdorf
 
 
1678
• Partitioned to create
    Reuß-Selbitz
 
1710–1805
• Raised to principality
1790 1824
• Inherited by R-Ebersdorf
1824
Preceded by
Succeeded by
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Reuß-Gera
Reuß-Schleiz
Reuß-Plauen
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Reuß-Lobenstein-Ebersdorf

Reuss-Lobenstein (German: Reuß-Lobenstein) was a state located in the German part of the Holy Roman Empire.

History

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 Henry 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

To Reuss-Plauen, 1547

Lords of Reuss-Lobenstein 1647–1673

Raised to county, 1673

Counts of Reuss-Lobenstein (1673–1790)

Raised to principality, 1790

Princes of Reuss-Lobenstein (1790–1824)

To Reuss-Ebersdorf, 1824