Christian Moritz von Königsegg-Rothenfels

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Christian Moritz von Königsegg-Rothenfels - Ceiling painting in the parish church Wurzach

Count Christian Moritz Eugen (also Christian Mauritius Eusebius) von Königsegg-Rothenfels (* November 24, 1705 ; † July 21, 1778 in Vienna ) was an imperial field marshal, knight of the German Order of the Coming Altshausen , Landkomtur of the Alsace and Burgundy Ballei in Altshausen and Komtur zu Holzkirchen.

He came from the Königsegg family and was the son of the ruling Count Albert Eusebius von Königsegg-Rothenfels (* January 4, 1669 - May 23, 1736 ) and Clara Philippina Felicitas Countess of Manderscheid and Blankenheim (* September 17, 1667 ; † 17. August 1751 ) and a nephew of Field Marshal Joseph Lothar von Königsegg-Rothenfels . Christian von Königsegg is pictured with his brothers Karl Ferdinand, Franz Hugo and Maximilian Friedrich on a Königsegg thaler from 1759 .

Count Christian Moritz von Königsegg entered the military at an early age and rose to the rank of colonel in his uncle's regiment. In 1734 he was wounded in the battle of Guastalla . He fought in the Turkish Wars and the War of the Austrian Succession . After the Peace of Aachen he became Feldzeugmeister and imperial envoy at the court of the Electorate of Cologne in Bonn. In the Seven Years' War he fought in Bohemia and was defeated in 1757 in the battle near Reichenberg . Nevertheless he was appointed imperial field marshal in 1758 . In the same year he was elected land commander of the Alsace-Burgundy Ballei and moved to Altshausen. In the baroque palace he developed a splendid household, which, however, burdened the finances so heavily that the ball was threatened with bankruptcy.

At the end of November 1774 , after he had been forced out of the position of land commander in Altshausen, he moved with his 16-member orchestra and large servants to the residence of his great-nephew Fidel Anton von Königsegg-Rothenfels in Immenstadt in the Allgäu . Here he had the main rooms of the city palace decorated with almost royal splendor and a count's riding school built. In 1776 he left Immenstadt and went to Wurzach .