Henry VI. from Plauen

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Henry VI. von Plauen (born December 29, 1536 in Meißen , † January 22, 1572 in Schleiz ) was Burgrave of Meißen , Lord of Plauen, Lord of Schleiz and Lobenstein. With him the line of the bailiffs of Plauen died out .


Henry VI. was the younger of the two sons of Burgrave Heinrich IV von Plauen from his marriage to Countess Margarethe von Salm (1517–1573). After the father's death, he and his older brother Heinrich V jointly took over his extensive possessions, but also the disputes with the Russians . However, both were not yet of legal age, which is why a month after the death of their father, King Ferdinand of Bohemia, promised them to protect them against the Russians. In addition to the high debts that their father had left them, new ones were added by the trials against the Russians. As early as 1556 the brothers lost the Franconian offices of Hof and Schauenstein through an imperial arbitration .

In May 1559, the rulers of Plauen and Voigtsberg and the office of Schöneck were pledged to Elector August of Saxony . With the judgment of Vienna on September 28, 1560, the brothers lost the Greiz rule to the Reussians on January 1, 1561 and half of the Gera and Schleiz reigns to the Reussians. Only the possessions in Bohemia and the Bohemian fiefs Lobenstein and Schloss Posterstein remained with the brothers. But only with the imperial confirmation of a new treaty and the sealing of the treaty on March 9, 1562 in Prague, the dispute with the Russians came to an end. On March 14, 1562 the imperial enfeoffment of the two brothers took place.

When the country was divided between the two brothers in 1563, Heinrich VI. the rule Schleiz and Lobenstein and the office of Pausa . After the attachment period for the Lords of Plauen and Voigtsberg and the office of Schöneck, Heinrich VI. is said to have used up the money available for redemption, these were lost to the Electorate of Saxony .

In preparation for his marriage to Princess Katharina von Braunschweig-Lüneburg-Gifhorn (* 1548 in Gifhorn ; † December 10, 1565 in Schleiz) on April 9, 1564 in Fallersleben , he pledged the Pausa office to a citizen of Leipzig, who sold it to Electoral Saxony in 1569 or received the pledge claims from Elector August. He married again on August 27, 1566, now with Anna of Pomerania-Stettin (* February 5, 1531 in Stettin; † October 13, 1592 in Rosenberg). In constant shortage of money, he pledged Lobenstein to Schwarzburg in 1567 and to the Vitzthum von Eckstädt in 1569 , without ever being able to redeem it.

Henry VI. died on January 22, 1572, completely impoverished as the last of the family of the bailiffs of Plauen . His marriages had remained childless. He was buried in the mountain church in Schleiz . His property fell to the Russians, who, however, fought legal disputes with his widow about the rule Schleiz with Saalburg and Burgk for almost twenty years . Even after her remarriage in 1576 Anna of Pomerania refused to evacuate the property that had been transferred to her as Wittum with imperial confirmation, but without the consent of the Russians . Only in 1590 could the dispute be ended with a settlement in which they surrendered the Schleiz reign for a cash payment of 42,250 guilders to the Reuss family.

Henry VI. came from the older Plauen line and is only very distantly related to Messrs Reuss von Plauen zu Greiz, the later Princely House of Reuss older line . Their common ancestor was Heinrich I, the founder of the line of the bailiffs of Plauen and had lived in the 13th century.


  • Berthold Schmidt : The Reuss, genealogy of the entire Reuss house older and younger line, as well as the extinct Vogtslinien to Weida, Gera and Plauen and the burgraves of Meißen from the House of Plauen. Schleiz 1903
  • Berthold Schmidt: Burgrave Heinrich IV of Meißen, Colonel Chancellor of the Crown of Bohemia and his government in the Vogtland. Gera 1888
  • Berthold Schmidt: History of the Reussland. 1st and 2nd half volume, Gera 1923 and 1927
  • Johannes Richter: On the genealogy and history of the Burgraves of Meißen and Counts of Hartenstein from the older Plauen house. In: Sächsische Heimatblätter 5/1992
  • Johannes Richter: Burgrave Heinrich IV of Meissen, Count of Hartenstein, Lord of Plauen and Gera - "The Conqueror of Hof" . In: History on the Obermain . Volume 19. Lichtenfels 1993/94

Individual evidence

  1. Chronicle of the Princely House of the Reussen von Plauen, 1811, pp. 153f.
  2. Family tree and explanations in: Johannes Richter: On the genealogy and history of the Burgraves of Meißen and Counts of Hartenstein from the older Plauen house. In: Sächsische Heimatblätter. 5/1992

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