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1677: Imperial Field Marshal Prince Václav Eusebius František Lobkowicz – Duke of Sagan

1677: Imperial Field Marshal Prince Václav Eusebius František Lobkowicz – Duke of Sagan
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Lobkowicz was the president of the Court War Council, the highest military function in the Habsburg Monarchy.

Prince Václav Eusebius František Lobkowicz, one of the wealthiest aristocrats in Czech history, died on this date in 1677. He bought the Duchy of Sagan, a territory once under the sovereignty of the Bohemian crown and located in Silesia, in 1646. The capital of that duchy was Sagan, today Żagań in Poland, located only around 40 km from the German border.

Before it became an estate of Václav Eusebius František Lobkowicz, the Duchy of Sagan was owned by the fabulously wealthy Albrecht von Wallenstein, the chief Habsburg military commander in the Thirty Years’ War. Wallenstein later lost the emperor’s support and was finally murdered by an officer as part of a military conspiracy.

Václav Eusebius František Lobkowicz became the president of the Hofkriegsrat, the court war council, in 1649. This was practically the highest military function in the Habsburg Monarchy. He held the title of imperial field marshal. He later became the Supreme Court Master (German: Obersthofmeister) of Emperor Leopold I. He died in 1677 in Roudnice nad Labem (German: Raudnitz), the site of his huge castle (one of the largest in the modern Czech Republic).

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