from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In the Holy Roman Empire, imperial estates without possession of direct imperial rule were referred to as personalists .

The imperial status (with a seat and vote in the Reichstag ) could also be conferred by the emperor on persons who did not dispose of any direct imperial territory; it could be (titular) imperial princes or (titular) imperial counts . The Imperial Knighthood also occasionally took on personalists in its various cantons.

The HR managers in the Reichstag had a personal (non-hereditary) a voting seat Often they were -. Than ordinary landowner also in the - land and district assemblies represented with a seat and a vote.

From the middle of the 17th century, the acquisition of imperial estate actually required possession of imperial territory, the consent of the relevant college and the consent of the emperor ( co-option and admission ). Nevertheless, the emperors occasionally appointed personalists in order to honor deserving personalities or to promote their partisans in the college; in order to meet the strict admission regulations, however, admission was usually made against "the promise of acquiring a territory immediately outside the empire and accepting a proper register of the imperial burdens". For example, in 1701 the President of the Imperial Court Council, Count Johann Josef Wilhelm von Wurmbrand-Stuppach (1670–1750) together with his brothers, or in 1763, the Imperial Vice Chancellor Rudolph Joseph von Colloredo , who was accepted as a newly elevated (titular) Imperial Prince as a personalist in the Swabian Imperial Counts College; only three years before the end of the old empire, in 1803, did he then acquire Nostitz's share in the county of Rieneck and thus achieve advancement into imperial immediacy.

Web links