Johann Heinrich Notthannt von Wernberg

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Johann Heinrich Notthannt von Wernberg (born February 4, 1604 in Blaibach ; † July 2, 1665 in Vienna ) was Reichshofrat, Reichsgraf and Reichshofratvizepident.


Origin and studies

Johann Heinrich Notthracht von Wernberg is one of the most important representatives of his family. Born and raised in Blaibach Castle near Kötzting in the Bavarian Forest in 1604 as the youngest son of Wolf Albrecht Notthracht , he enrolled at the University of Ingolstadt in 1623 , where he received his doctorate in 1628 on military architecture . Originally baptized and raised as an Evangelical Lutheran, he converted to Catholicism in 1625. In 1626 he married Anna Maria Countess von Schwarzenberg , who brought Gut Wiesenfelden into the marriage.

Professional and personal career

On the Regensburg Electoral Congress of 1630, Emperor Ferdinand II installed Johann Heinrich as a real Reichshofrat . In the same year he was sent to Regensburg as imperial commissioner to settle the conflicts there over religious practice and to have the church property returned to the bishop. In 1632 Emperor Ferdinand II raised his Imperial Court Councilor and Chamberlain Johann Heinrich Notthracht to the status of Imperial Baron . From then on, Johann Heinrich regularly took part in the meetings of the Reichshof Council. In 1635, as the imperial commissioner, he arbitrated various complaints from the city of Dinkelsbühl . In 1638, Johann Heinrich was raised to the status of hereditary imperial count by Emperor Ferdinand III.

After his first wife died in December 1637, he married Maria Eleonore Freiin von Zinzendorf in 1639 . In 1640 he mediated again as imperial commissioner between the city of Strasbourg and the margrave of Baden , in 1642 he worked as an imperial envoy in Nuremberg, Frankfurt am Main and with the bishop in Bamberg. In the following year he then appeared in the same capacity before the princes of the Franconian district . In 1644 Johann Heinrich negotiated with Duke Eberhard von Württemberg about the Hohentwiel Fortress and in 1652 with Count Palatine Philipp Wilhelm von Neuburg about the community office Weiden- Parkstein . In 1653 Johann Heinrich was accepted into the Franconian Counts College in Regensburg and in 1654 he traveled to Landshut as the imperial envoy to the Bavarian district council. 1655 gave him Emperor Ferdinand III. the guardianship of Count Maximilian Franz von Oettingen-Wallerstein . In the following year he was appointed councilor and treasurer by Elector Ferdinand Maria of Bavaria and in 1657 Count Johann Heinrich Notthracht von Wernberg stayed as an imperial envoy to the Archbishop of Mainz , Johann Philipp von Schönborn . In 1658 Johann Heinrich found himself as an imperial envoy at the Hessian court and in Wolfenbüttel. On September 14, 1663 he was finally appointed Vice President of the Imperial Court Council, making him one of the most powerful and influential officials in the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation. Almost two years later - on July 2, 1665 - Count Johann Heinrich Notthracht von Wernberg died in his Vienna residence. However, he found his last rest in the family funeral in the church of the Carmelite monastery in Straubing .

Fruitful society

Since 1657, Count Johann Heinrich Notthracht von Wernberg was a member of the Fruit-Bringing Society and in this context he wore the addition “the seeker”.


  • Ludwig Bittner & Lothar Groß (eds.): Repertory of the diplomatic representatives of all countries, Vol. I (1648–1715), Oldenburg 1936, pp. 124, 126, 130, 131, 143, 149
  • Oswald v. Gschlusser: The Reichshofrat - meaning and constitution, fate and occupation of a supreme Reich authority from 1559–1806, Vienna 1942, pp. 227 f., 234, 247, 277 f.
  • Kathrin Rast: Johann Heinrich Notthracht Graf von Wernberg auf Wiesenfelden, in: Karel Halla / Volker Dittmar (ed.): Po stopách šlechtického rodu Notthrachtů - Notthrachti v Čechách av Bavorsku - On the trail of a noble family - The emergency helpers in Bohemia and Bavaria - Catalog on the exhibition of the same name in the Regional Museum Eger (Cheb) and in the Egerland Museum Marktredwitz, Cheb 2006, pp. 395–413

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