- County of Regenstein
County of Regenstein
State of the Holy Roman Empire ← 1160–1599 →
Coat of arms
Capital Derenburg Government Principality Historical era Middle Ages - Partitioned from
County of Blankenburg
- County of
- Personal union
Lower Saxon Circle
1500 - Fell to
Bishopric of Halberstadt
- Acquired by
The County of Regenstein was a mediæval statelet of the Holy Roman Empire.
The counts of Regenstein Castle near Heimburg were first mentioned in a 1169 deed, with Count Conrad of Regenstein, son of Poppo I, Count of Blankenburg (1095–1164), himself a nephew of Count Reinhard, Bishop of Halberstadt from the Ripuarian House of Reginbodo.
The most renowned Count of Regenstein was Albert II (1310–49), who in the 1330s was frequently in dispute with the leaders of the surrounding estates like the Halberstadt bishops and the abbess of Quedlinburg. These tales were romanticised in the ballad The Robber Count (German: Der Raubgraf) by Gottfried August Bürger, melodized by Johann Philipp Kirnberger and the novel of the same name by Julius Wolff.
In the 15th century the comital family relocated its seat to Blankenburg; Regenstein Castle lapsed and was left to ruin. The last scion of the comital family, Count John Ernest, died in 1599. With Blankenburg it fell back to the Bishopric of Halberstadt. Shortly thereafter Blankenburg and Regenstein were separated. Regenstein remained with Halberstadt, while Blankenburg was annexed and held by the Dukes of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.
Counts of Regenstein
- Siegfried (-1073), brother of Konrad, Count of Blankenburg-Regenstein
- Henry (-1235), son
- Siegfried II (-1251), son
- Ulric, Count of Regenstein-Heimburg (-1267), brother
- Ulric III (1287–1322)
- Albert II (1310–1349), son
- Albert III (1341–1365), son
- John Ernest, Count of Blankenburg and Regenstein (-1599)
- This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.
Lower Saxon Circle (1500–1806) of the Holy Roman Empire Ecclesiastical SecularBremen (from 1648) · Brunswick (Blankenburg (until 1731) · Calenberg2 · Grubenhagen (until 1596) · Wolfenbüttel) · Hanover (from 1708) · Holstein (Glückstadt · Gottorp) · Lüneburg2 · Mecklenburg (Güstrow (until 1695) · Schwerin · Strelitz (from 1701)) · Rantzau (until 1734) · Regenstein · Saxe-Lauenburg2 Cities 1 until 1648. 2 until 1705.
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