Auguste Sophie von Pfalz-Sulzbach

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Countess Palatine Auguste Sophie von Sulzbach (1624–1682), Princess von Lobkowicz

Auguste Sophie von Pfalz-Sulzbach (born November 22, 1624 in Sulzbach , † April 30, 1682 in Nuremberg ) was a Countess Palatine of Sulzbach and by marriage Princess of Lobkowicz .


Auguste Sophie was a daughter of the Count Palatine and Duke August von Sulzbach (1582–1632) from his marriage to Hedwig (1603–1657), daughter of Duke Johann Adolf von Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf . Auguste Sophie, who grew up strictly Protestant, came to the court of her great-aunt, the Swedish Queen Maria Eleonore in Nyköping after the death of her father .

The princess was considered poorly wealthy and married in his second marriage on February 6, 1653 Prince Wenzel Eusebius von Lobkowicz , Duke of Sagan (1609–1677). His father was raised to the rank of imperial prince in 1624 and Wenzel Eusebius was still a Catholic, which is why the marriage caused a sensation in the empire. Auguste Sophie received 12,000 thalers as a dowry and her office and Schloss Sternstein as well as a pension of 2,800 thalers were awarded as Wittum . Her brother Christian August had asked the bridegroom to guarantee the gospel creed of the princess, but this fact was not included in the marriage contracts. Nevertheless, the prince had unsuccessful influence to persuade his wife to convert, for which he also had Jesuits come to his wife. Auguste Sophie also refused to attend the Catholic imperial court in Vienna, where her husband first Privy Council, so as chief minister I. Leopold acted.

Auguste Sophie took care of the castle in Neustadt an der Waldnaab, the Lobkowiczschen princely seat, where she had her own chapel in the old castle ; she was active in charity and was even popular among the Catholic clergy. As a Protestant , she could not follow her husband to Catholic Bohemia or to the imperial court in Vienna and therefore remained in the Upper Palatinate until her husband was overthrown. In the Principality of Sagan she was able to influence her husband to adopt a tolerant policy towards the Evangelicals. Wenzel Eusebius appoints his wife Augusta Sophie as regent of Neustadt and Störnstein in 1673 . Since then, chief officials from Lobkowitz have appeared in Neustadt, the first of whom was Christoph Ühilipp Zickel .

After the death of her husband, Auguste Sophie lived in Nuremberg , where she also died and was buried in the local Lorenz Church.


Auguste Sophie had the following children from their marriage:

  • Son (* / † 1654)
  • Ferdinand August (1655–1715), Prince of Lobkowicz, Duke of Sagan
⚭ 1. 1677 Countess Claudia von Nassau-Hadamar (1660–1680)
⚭ 2. 1680 Princess Anna Maria of Baden-Baden (1655–1701)
⚭ 3. 1703 Countess Marie Philippine von Althann (1671–1706)
⚭ 4. 1707 Princess Maria Johanna von Schwarzenberg (1681–1739)
  • Philipp Ferdinand Adalbert (1656-1659)
  • Marie Hedwig Sophie (1658–1660)
  • Franz Wilhelm (1659–1698)


  • Adam Wolf: Prince Wenzel Lobkowitz: first secret advice from Emperor Leopold I, 1609-1677; his life and work , Wilhelm Braumüller, Vienna, 1869, p. 40 ff.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Eduard Mikusek: The Lobkowitz in Bohemia and Upper Palatinate on heimatforschung-regensburg, accessed on December 31, 2019.
  2. J. Berg: The history of the most difficult examination time of the Protestant Church of Silesia and Upper Lusatia from the introduction of the Reformation to the possession of Silesia by King Frederick the Great , self-reliance. d. Ed., 1857, p. 257
  3. Wilhelm Brenner-Schäffer: History and topography of the city of Neustadt an der Waldnaab, and his rule of the former lordship of Störnstein. Negotiations of the historical association of Upper Palatinate and Regensburg, Volume 24, 1866 (reprint from 2000), p. 61.
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