Sternberg (Bohemian noble family)

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Coat of arms of the Counts of Sternberg

The lords, later imperial counts of Sternberg (Czech Šternberkové or ze Šternberku ) are an important Bohemian noble family from the clan of the counts of the Kaurzimer and Prachin districts, which with Zdeslav of Diwischau († 1176), burgrave in Kaurzim and Saaz , son of the Diwisch von Diwischau († after 1130), first documented in 1167. With Zdeslaw von Clumecz (Clumec on the Cidlina), who called himself "von Sternberg" from 1242 after the castle he founded in Český Šternberk (Bohemian Sternberg) on ​​the Sazawa, and his son Jaroslaw von Sternberg the uninterrupted family line begins.

Their offspring were raised on December 24, 1661 to Imperial Count and on 26 July 1662 to the Czech counts and received in Moravia the Inkolat in the men stand on January 30, 1736. As from 1780 in the County of Manderscheid reichsunmittelbar reigning house belonged to the Counts of Sternberg Manderscheid became a high nobility , but the former imperial line was extinguished in 1835, while other branches still exist today.

coat of arms

Blazon : The coat of arms shows an eight-pointed gold star in blue ; on the crowned helmet with blue and gold covers a closed blue flight , between which the star emerges.


Members of the aristocratic Sternberg family held important royal Bohemian state offices since the 13th century and emerged as important patrons and scholars. You have had a decisive influence on the cultural development of Bohemia. They were first mentioned in the 12th century. During the Hussite wars , members of the sex stood on both sides of the belligerents. Kunigunde von Sternberg was the wife of the Bohemian King George of Podebrady . In 1661, Emperor Leopold I raised the Sternberg to the rank of imperial count .

Owned in Bohemia and Moravia

The race was more or less long Ansässigkeitsdauer owners of Divišov (Diwischau), Český Šternberk , Konopiště , Častolovice , Bechyně , Krupka , Zásmuky , Pohořelice , Dušníky, Schlüsselburg , Horažďovice , Zbiroh , Březnice , Třešť , Divišov , Moravské Veseli , Chlumec , Smiřice , Zábřeh , Čejkovice and other dominions.

The Sternberg von Konopiště family branch has been Roman Catholic since the 17th century , members of this branch, which is still alive today, performed important tasks in the political and social life of Bohemia until 1918. As far as resident in Austria, they fell under the Nobility Repeal Act after the end of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy . The property in Bohemia and Moravia was confiscated in favor of Czechoslovakia after the February coup in 1948 .

After 1990 some possessions were transferred back to the family, such as the ancestral seat of Castle Český Šternberk with Castle Březina to Count Zdeněk Sternberg and Castle Častolovice with Castle Zásmuky to Diana Šternberková-Phipps , furthermore Castle Jemniště to Count Jan Bosco Sternberg (1936-2012).

Property in Franconia

In 1317 the Sternbergers were enfeoffed by the Counts of Henneberg with Callenberg Castle near the Henneberg town of Coburg; the Sternbergschloss Meeder also belonged to the rule . In 1588 Callenberg fell to the Saxon-Coburg dukes, who still own the castle today.

Property in Lower Lusatia

In Lower Lusatia, the family was able to acquire suzerainty over Lieberose , Reicherskreuz , Leeskow and Sarkow in the 15th century and maintain it until around 1800.

Immediate imperial counties in the Eifel and Upper Swabia

Blankenheim Castle in the Eifel, seat of the Counts of Manderscheid-Blankenheim

In 1780, the county of Manderscheid- Blankenheim in the Eifel fell to Franz Philipp Christian Count von Sternberg (1732-1811). In 1762 he married Augusta Dorothea (* 1744), the heir to the last imperial count of Manderscheid-Blankenheim, Johann Wilhelm († 1770). The couple now called themselves Count von Sternberg-Manderscheid . The Countess had a seat on the Westphalian Count Bank of the Perpetual Reichstag in Regensburg, as the county formed a direct imperial territory in the Lower Rhine-Westphalian Empire .

When French revolutionary troops occupied the Left Bank of the Rhine and the Eifel in 1794 , Countess Augusta left Blankenheim Castle and fled to her husband's homeland in Bohemia. Later she tried to sue for her property in the Eifel from Prague, but this attempt failed. By the Reichsdeputationshauptschluss of 1802, the Counts of Sternberg-Manderscheid were compensated for the loss of their left bank areas Blankenheim, Jünkerath (Junkerroth), Gerolstein and Dollendorf to France with the Upper Swabian Abbeys Schussenried and Weißenau and their income. In 1806 these - also imperial direct - dominions were mediatized and came to the Kingdom of Württemberg . In 1835 the Sternberg-Manderscheid line with Johann Wilhelm (* 1765), secularized canon of Passau and Regensburg, expired. In the same year the heirs sold the two monastery estates to the Württemberg royal family for one million guilders .

The first generation Sternbergs

  1. Diwisch von Diwischau († after 1130) ( Diviš z Divišova ) is considered the oldest known ancestor, advisor to King Soběslav . Diwisch had two sons.
    1. Comes from the first unknown son
      1. Bohuta from Diwischau ( Bohuta z Divišova ), cellar master and from 1183 to 1207 castellan from Bilin . Bohuta had four sons.
        1. Peter
        2. Heinrich
        3. Bohuta
        4. Nicholas
      2. Diwisch II. Von Diwischau , from 1187 to 1213 highest chamberlain.
      3. Heinrich von Diwischau ( Jindřich z Divišova ) was a judge in Olomouc from 1193 to 1207 .
    2. His second son was Zdeslav von Diwischau († 1176), burgrave in Kaurim and Saaz , with sons Peter and Zdeslav I. von Diwischau.
      1. Peter
        1. Divisch III. von Diwischau , from 1220 to 1225 Burgrave of Prachin and highest marshal in Bohemia.
          1. Zdeslav von Sternberg , highest cupbearer
            1. Albert von Sternberg , Burgrave of Olomouc in Moravia.
            2. Benesch von Sternberg
            3. Jaroslav von Sternberg († around 1290)
            4. Zdeslav von Sternberg († around 1290), highest marshal , Burgrave of Glatz
              1. Jeschek von Sternberg
                1. Smil von Sternberg , married to Anneliese von Raudnitz (Roudnice nad Labem).
                  1. Johann von Sternberg († before 1423)
                    1. Johann von Sternberg († after 1465)
                  2. Jaroslav von Sternberg († around 1415)
                2. Ulrich († between 1387 and 1390), married to Ann von Boskovic
                  1. Ulrich Vladislav († before 1397), married to Margarethe Planská ze Žeberka
      2. Zdeslav II of Diwischau († 1265), son of Peter; already referred to himself as Zdeslav von Sternberg (Zdeslav ze Šternberka), was a royal chamberlain and highest cupbearer, built the Bohemian Sternberg Castle over the Sázava in 1242 , which he named Sternberg after his coat of arms, an eight-pointed star. In 1253 he took part in the defense of Olomouc against the Hungarians and also purchased goods in the margraviate of Moravia . Here he built the Mährisch Sternberg Castle , which became the seat of the Moravian line of the Sternberg, which became extinct in the name-bearer tribe in 1574.

His sons were Albert von Sternberg ( Albert ze Šternberka ) Burgrave of Olomouc (1267–1298), Benesch von Sternberg , Jaroslav von Sternberg († 1290) and Zdeslav II von Sternberg († 1289 or 1290) ( Zdeslav ze Šternberka ), the highest Marshal, Burgrave of Glatz .

Sternberg - Ast Moravia (Sternberg Castle)

Sternberg - Branch Bohemia (Konopiště)

The founder of the branch, which died out in 1530, was Zdeslav († 1343) (also Zdeněk von Beneschau ), son of Jaroslav von Sternberg († ~ 1290), the highest cupbearer, burgrave of Bítov castle and ruler of Bohemian Sternberg . Around 1315 Zděslav bought Konopischt . He had four sons: Jaroslav (* 1377; † 1380), Zdeniek (Zdeněk), Peter (Petr) and Johann (Jan), († after 1327), Canon of Prague . The sons divided into three branches.

  1. Peter von Sternberg . He owned half each of the Sternberg and Diwischau lords. After his death, his son Albrecht (* 1374; † 1405) inherited the large estate under Emperor Charles IV (HRR) as a feudal lord. After he remained childless, he signed over his lands in 1401 to Albert, the son of his uncle Zdeniek.
  1. Zdeniek von Sternberg (* 1339; † 1387) was the Prague canon from 1339 to 1349, who had not received any ordination and was court judge from 1352 to 1360; Konopishte belonged to him since 1358. In 1379 he made a gift to the monastery in Beneschau. His son Albert (* 1385; † 1413) held next to Konopischt from 1405 half of the Sternberg rule. In 1413 he sold Draňovice and died childless.
  1. Jaroslav von Sternberg († between 1377 and 1381) belonged half to Sternberg and Janowitz. Later he bought Triesch in Moravia and in 1371 Kostelec u Jihlavy . He left four sons Zdeněk, Markvart, Jaroslav and Albert.
    1. Jaroslav von Sternberg (* 1375, † 1405), was married to Katharina von Wlaschim. From his father he received the Triesch rule and after 1386 bought Sádek and Čepkov.
      1. Zdeslav von Sternberg († November 1, 1420) received Triesch from his father and inherited Veselí in 1411, sold some villages in Moravia in 1415 and received the Světlov Castle in 1418 . Zdeslav was married twice. After his second wife died in the same year, Aleš Holický von Sternberg was appointed guardian for his two daughters.
    2. Zdeniek von Sternberg ( Zdeněk ze Šternberka ) (1364–1405), held 1364 Psáře , from 1401 to 1408 Diwischau and Saidschitz . In 1405 he was appointed executioner of the Chrudim region . Zdeniek died childless.
    3. Markvart von Sternberg (* 1368; † 1405) bought Ratschitz , Wesseli an der Lainsitz and a few other villages, which he later sold again. He was married to Anna. The origin of his son Petr Konopišťský ze Šternberka († 1420) is uncertain.
      1. Peter von Konopischt and Sternberg ( Petr Konopišťský ze Šternberka ), († November 1, 1420). After his father and his brothers, son Markvart von Sternberg inherited half of the Sternberg's property from his uncle Albert: Konopischt and the second half of the Sternberg estates. In 1415 he married Perchta of Kravarn (Perchta z Kravař ). He was a staunch advocate of the Hussite doctrine . In 1414 he accompanied Bishop Johann the Iron to the Council of Constance . Later he took part in the Hussite Wars on the side of the Bohemian royalists , including in 1419 at Knin , in 1420 he fought on the side of the emperor in the battle of Sudoměř and Poříčí nad Sázavou . He fell at the battle of Pankrac at the side of the armies of the Bohemian King Sigismund . He left two sons Peter and Zdeniek, whose marital origin has not been confirmed, and their daughter Elisabeth, who died after 1421. Son Peter followed her in 1439.
        1. Zdenko von Sternberg auf Konopischt ( Zdeněk Konopišťský ze Šternberka ) (* 1420, † 1476), Burgrave of Taus and the highest captain founded the Grünberg Alliance , which was directed against King George of Podebrady . He was the chief captain of the opposing king Matthias Corvinus . His possessions included Bechyně , Český Šternberk , Konopischt, Zelená Hora , Helfenburg , Nepomuk , Solnice , Ostromeč and Třešť .
          1. Jaroslav III. von Sternberg († 1492), governor of Lusatia , was appointed Vogt of Upper Lusatia by the papal legate . The office was later confirmed by King Matthias Corvinus. As the leader of the Lusatian family, he made himself unpopular with his subordinates because of his autocratic rule combined with inactivity and was deposed by King Matthias in 1471. From his father he inherited Grünberg, Třešť and half thousand, which he sold in 1478. With his brother he conquered Horaschdowitz . From 1479 he owned Kremsier . In 1490 he received sovereignty over Duschnik . He had six sons with his wife Elisabeth von Gera, whom he married in 1478.
            1. Zdeniek the Elder ( Zdeněk starší ) († 1501), married to Magdalene von Rabenstein ( Bohemian Aicha ) since 1480 . He inherited from his father Duschnik and Třešť, which he sold in 1493.
            2. Ladislaus ( Ladislav ) († November 18, 1521), highest chamberlain and highest chancellor of the Kingdom of Bohemia, captain von Bechin, married to Anna von Neuhaus since 1520 . He inherited Grünberg from his father, since 1496 he held Rading as a pledge, from his uncle he inherited Bechin, from brother Dushnik. In 1505 he sold Zbiroh . Ladislaus was a very devout person who translated the Latin Gospel into the Czech language in 1505 . According to Řehoř Hrubý z Jelení , he is said to have written the book Životy a řeči otcův Egyptských (Life and Speeches of the Fathers of Egypt). In 1507 he gave the town of Dushnik and its income to the Prague chapter. Together with Zdeniek Lev he received the rule of Ratibor. In Lusatia he owned the Zossen estate , which he sold in 1516. Because of his high level of education and legal knowledge, he was appointed chief chamberlain in 1507 and highest chancellor in Prague in 1510 . 1515 he held the office of the governor and took as an emissary in 1519 in the election of the new emperor Charles V in part. Ladislaus died without an heir.
            3. Johann II von Sternberg († September 9, 1528). See branch Johann II.
            4. Georg ( Jiří ) († 1529) held Konopischt and died childless.
            5. Heinrich ( Jindřich ) († before 1497)
            6. Albrecht († around 1530), Vogt in Upper Lusatia , captain of the Pilsen district and co-owner of Grünberg. In 1506 he declared war on the Count Palatine . This was followed by the appointment as captain of the Pilsen region in western Bohemia and in 1515 as governor of Upper Lusatia. In 1517 he owned Tachau . In 1517 he sold the office of bailiff. After Ferdinand I was elected King of Bohemia, he joined his opponents and lost Grünberg in 1529. With his wife Lidmila von Klingstein (other sources refer to her as Ludmila Mičanová z Roztok) he had four children.
              1. Magdalene († June 28, 1521), married to Heinrich VII von Rosenberg since 1520 .
              2. Zdeniek , († around 1529)
              3. Maria , married to Johann von Leipa
              4. Ludmila (also Lidmila)
          2. Johann von Sternberg († 1477), was appointed captain of Iglau by his father . After his death he received a part from Konopischt and Beneschau . He married Katharina von Eckartsau , with whom he had two sons who both died childless.
            1. Zdeniek the Younger († 1496)
            2. Georg (Jiřík) († 1529)
          3. Zdeslav von Sternberg (* 1463; † April 26, 1502 in Holešov ), captain of the Podebrady region, bought Zbiroh in 1471 and Bechin together with his brother in 1477, held Grünberg until 1478 and half of Taus and until 1479 Kremsier . According to old documents, the subservient population in Sobieslau was particularly hard hit by his oppression. He renovated the monastery in Bechin, expanded the church and called the order of the Minorites , who settled there. He died on his return from Hungary with no descendants.
    4. Albert von Sternberg (* 1377; † 1404) received 1380 from the wife of Emperor Elisabeth of Pomerania Kostelec an der Lainsitz in inheritance .
  1. Johann von Sternberg († after 1327) died childless.

Sternberg - Silesia branch (Rudelsdorf)

Konrad Graf Sternberg-Rudelsdorf von Sarawenza and Hohenfriedeberg, born. July 6, 1825

Branch Johann II von Sternberg

Bechyně Castle (Bechin)

(† September 9, 1528), captain in Bechin and burgrave on Karlštejn , was co-owner of Bechin Castle , which he had owned entirely from 1521. Johann was married twice, the first time from 1492 to Jitka von Gutstein- Vrtba (noble family) , the second time since 1518 to Johanna von Riesenberg . His sons Jaroslav and Adam sold Bechin in 1530 (bought back by great-grandson Adam II in 1595).

  1. Johanna († 1550)
  2. Anna († 1553), married to Peter Krabitz von Weitmühl
  3. Adam I († February 6, 1560), 1546 to 1549 burgrave of Karlstein, 1549 to 1554 highest court judge, 1554 to 1560 highest chamberlain of the Kingdom of Bohemia, 1554 to 1560 highest clerk. Married to Markéta Malovcová z Pacova since 1519. Adam inherited Konopischt from the Konopischter line, which died out in 1530, and received Grünberg back. In 1541 he bought Wellartitz Castle from Adam Lev , but could not hold it. He exchanged them for Klenov, which he sold in 1555. He received Štěchovice, Grünberg and Rading from King Ferdinand as inheritable . Adam had four sons and one daughter.
    1. Unspecified daughter married Adam Ungnad von Sonnegg.
    2. Wilhelm († 1562), married to Anna von Pernstein since 1540 , with whom he had three sons, all of whom he survived. He bequeathed his farms to various people, which were then awarded to his brother by judgment in 1563.
    3. Zdeniek VI. († 1575), imperial councilor, Bohemian governor, married to Kateřina Řepická ze Sudoměře. He is considered the great-grandfather of the still living Count von Sternberg. His wife brought Sedlec into the marriage and bought Blatná in 1555, which he partly sold again in 1561. He acquired Lnáře in 1563, which he passed on to Wolf Novohradský z Kolovrat in 1574. He was married to his daughter Judith. After his death in the spring of 1575, Adam sold Blatná and other villages.
      1. Adam II the Elder ( Adam II starší ) (* before 1560; † April 10, 1623 in Totschnik ), captain of New Town Prague , court judge from 1597 to 1599, 1603 highest magistrate, 1608 to 1618 highest chamberlain of the Kingdom of Bohemia, 1619 Highest burgrave in Bohemia. In 1578 he married Eva Popelovna von Lobkowicz in 1605 Countess Marie Maximiliane von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen , widow of Joachim Ulrich von Neuhaus . He received Sedlec in 1578. In 1605 he was sent to Hungary with his army . Adam was a loyal Catholic , peace-loving, and a good steward of his property. 1593 he bought Jinín , 1596 Bechin and Želeč , 1610 Libochowitz , 1613 in half Planitz and Budin , 1615 he gave the Emperor Matthias Groats , 1617 he acquired Schlüsselburg and 1622 Horaschdowitz . After the nobility uprising in 1618, he left Bohemia and lived in Germany.
        1. Kunhuta Elisabeth († 1631), married to Friedrich von Pötting
        2. Johann Zdeniek († around 1623), from 1605 to 1612 chamberlain to Emperor Rudolf II. He took part in the uprising and was dismissed in 1623.
        3. Katharina († after 1623), married to Wilhelm von Klenau
        4. Jaroslav Wolf († February 15, 1635 murdered in České Budějovice (Budweis)), was captain of the Parchen region. He was married to Maximiliana Veronika Schwihov and Riesenburg . He received his education from the Jesuits in Neuhaus. He received Schlüsselburg from his father and in 1623 bought Bělčice . In 1635 he was murdered from behind by his chamberlain near Budweis.
          1. Eva Johanna (* 1617; † November 2, 1684 in Bischofteinitz ), was married to Count Adam Matthias von Trauttmansdorff . She inherited Schlüsselburg from her father and Protivín from her mother .
        5. Marie Eusebie (* 1584; † April 3, 1631 in České Budějovice ), married to Count Jaroslav Borsita von Martinic
        6. Maria Eva Elisabeth (* 1605; † March 11, 1638 in Vienna ), married Count Michael Adolf I. Althann in 1627
        7. Eufrosina
        8. Václav Kliment
        9. Anna
        10. Franz Karl Matthias (born September 26, 1612; † August 9, 1648 in Prague ), district councilor, court marshal, highest district judge of the Kingdom of Bohemia, was married to Lidmila Kateřina Benigna Kavková z Říčan. In addition to the possessions of his brother Vojtech Ignaz Eusebius, he received parts of Grünberg and Planitz from the family fortune in Bechin and Senseln . Later in 1649 Horaschdowitz and Sedletz were added, as well as Peterswald , Rothschloß and Moratitz . He sold parts of his property again for life, parts were sold after his death. In 1642 he bought a house on Hradschin in Prague. In 1648 he was shot by the Swedes at the end of the Thirty Years War . His wife continued to manage the property.
          1. Johann Adam († 1653)
          2. Troja Castle , Prague
            Count Wenzel Vojtech († January 25, 1708), imperial privy councilor and chamberlain, royal governor, highest judge, highest court master, highest court marshal of the Kingdom of Bohemia, holder of the Order of the Golden Fleece , was married to Clara Bernhardine von Maltzan . From his father he inherited parts of Grünberg, Vršovice and Zadní Ovenec, from his mother he bought Budin and Libochowitz as well as other lands. In Prague he had the Sternberghaus built on Hradschin and Trója Castle . Since he had no sons, he appointed his uncle Franz Leopold as trustee. He bequeathed Horaschdowitz and Graupen to his wife .
            1. Marie Barbara († 1694/95), married to Count Aloys Thomas Raimund von Harrach
          3. Count Johann Norbert Graf († September 26, 1678 in Vienna ), was married to Isabella Magdalena de Porcia. Johann Norbert received Bechin and Zeltsch, from his mother Planá in 1666, pearl barley in 1672 and a share from Karlstein. In 1676 he took possession of Kumburk and held Vršovice. He later sold Graupen, Zeltsch and Planá, expanding Bechin for them. He left two sons and three daughters.
            1. Johann Josef (* June 13, 1671; † June 13, 1700 drowned in the Inn ), married to Countess Marie Violanta Terezie von Preysing , inherited from his mother Smirschitz and in 1689 received the village of Hochwesseln, which was bought by the guardian . He drowned with his wife and older daughter on the way home from a visit to the Altötting Chapel of Mercy while crossing the Inn in Passau . Most of the farms were inherited by his daughter Marie Theresie Violanta.
              1. Marie Violanta (* 1697; † June 13, 1700 drowned in the Inn )
              2. Marie Theresie Violanta (* around 1699; † March 29, 1761 in Smirschitz ), married to Count Johann Leopold Paar and Johann Daniel von Gastheim
            2. Meinrad Josef († before 1686)
            3. Marie Felicitas († before 1684)
            4. Marie Antonie († before 1684)
          4. Count Ignaz Karl († March 6, 1700), imperial privy councilor and chamberlain, president of the court of appeal , was married to Polyxena Lidmila Polyxena Žďárská ze Žďáru and Marie Barbara von Hodice. From 1665 Horaschdowitz , Sedletz and Senseln belonged to him . In 1667 he bought Pačejov , 1668 Horosedly , 1669 Opálka with Klenau and Besdiekau and other villages, some of which he sold again. In 1676 he bequeathed all the farms to his brother Wenzel.
          5. Maria Maximiliana
          6. Maria Barbara
        11. Vojtech Ignaz Eusebius (* after 1613; † June 9, 1633), received in 1629 part of Libochovice and Budyně nad Ohří , which after his death, as he was childless, fell to his brother Franz Karl Matthias.
      2. Paul († before 1603), Knight of the Order of Malta
      3. Stephan Georg ( Štěpán Jiří ) (* 1570 - December 15, 1625), Imperial Privy Councilor, President of the King's Chamber, married to Johanna Katharina von Talmberg and Veronika von Weitmühl. Stephan bought Wotitz in 1588 . In 1593 he married Veronika von Weitmühl, was appointed to the chamber council in 1595, received Smilkov and in 1599 Chotětice and its surroundings. His wife brought Postelberg into the marriage in 1600 as a marriage asset. In the same year he sold Votice and 1601 Smilkov, in return he acquired Vodolice in 1601 and was assigned by his wife Leneschitz . This was followed by the appointment as chamber president and from 1602 to 1623 as captain of the German fiefdom. From 1603 to 1609 he held the office of sub-chamberlain, then until 1612 of the imperial chamberlain. He last acquired Brzvany, Pátek in 1614 and Mirešovice in 1616. Although he was evangelical-protestant, he was undecided on questions of faith. He campaigned for the preservation of the government of the Roman Catholic king, which was met with doubts among the Bohemian nobility. He took part in its uprising in 1618, but changed sides after the battle of White Mountain . Since he denounced former Evangelical Lutheran comrades-in-arms, he was allowed to keep his inheritance rights for his possessions.
        1. Adam "the Younger" († June 11, 1633), married since 1615 to Countess Polyxena von Waldstein , who died in 1620 and since 1624 with Elisabeth Maria Eliška Magdalena von Vrtba . Adam, district councilor and captain of Saaz, received Vodolice and Pátek after the death of his father.
          1. Johann Stephan († before 1656), was married to Alžběta Wratislavová z Mitrowicz. He exchanged Vodolice for Mirešovice, which he sold in 1643. In 1645 he ceded his remaining farms to creditors. Only Pátek inherited his wife, who also lost it in 1658.
          2. Veronika Polyxena , * 1625; † 1659; m.Gf Bernard Ignác Bořita z Martinitz (* 1603 † January 7, 1685)
        2. Marie Elisabeth († 1654), married to Jan Záruba z Hustířan
        3. Franz Maxmilian († 1650), married to Maximiliana von Jungs
        4. Johann Rudolf (born January 28, 1601 in Prague ; † March 21, 1638), married to Helena Eustachie Křinecká z Ronova. He inherited parts of Postelberg and bought Vodolice . He exchanged both for Zásmuky in 1637 .
          1. Stephan Georg (* before 1626; † June 4, 1706), lieutenant, died childless.
          2. Ulrich Adolf Vratislav (* around 1627; † September 4, 1703 in Prague ) married Countess Anna Luzie Slavata von Chlum and Koschumberg in 1654 and was raised to the rank of count in 1661 . This was followed by the elevation to a privy councilor , bearer of the Order of the Golden Fleece , the highest burgrave and royal governor. After the Slavatas family died out, he received Serowitz and Stráže, and in 1694 they acquired Častolovice , Cerhenice and Předboř. For Sasmuk and Tschastolowitz he set up trusteeship on January 21, 1701.
            1. Marie Anna Klára († 1699), married to Count Johann Wilhelm Kaunitz
            2. Maria Eleonore (* 1656; † December 2, 1706), married to Dominik Andreas I. von Kaunitz
            3. Marie Renate (* 1658; † February 17, 1724), married to Count Karl Joseph Paar
            4. Franz Karl
            5. Josef (* 1667)
            6. Marie Josephine (born October 31, 1668 - † December 28, 1747), married Count Jiří Adam Bořita von Martinitz on April 6, 1697
            7. Marie Karola Josefa (* around 1670; † April 9, 1754), married Prince Johann Anton II. Josef von Eggenberg on March 9, 1692
            8. Marie Theresie (* after 1671) was married to Count Johann Maximilian von Thun-Hohenstein
              1. Maria Anna von Thun-Hohenstein (1698–1716), married to Josef Johann Adam von Liechtenstein
            9. Franz Damian Jakob Josef von Sternberg (born July 26, 1676 in Vienna ; † May 15, 1723 in Častolovice ), married to Countess Marie Josefa von Trauttmansdorff since November 25, 1699
            10. Franz Leopold von Sternberg (born July 9, 1680 in Prague , † May 14, 1745 in Serovice), married to Maria Anna Johanna von Schwarzenberg
              1. Johann Nepomuk von Sternberg (* 1713; † 1798), married to Marie Anna Josefa Krakovská z Kolovrat
                1. Joachim von Sternberg (* 1755; † 1808)
                2. Kaspar Maria von Sternberg (* 1761; † 1838)
        5. unspecified daughter (born July 2, 1602)
        6. Wilhelm Jaroslav (born February 15, 1605)
      4. Johann († May 6, 1595), governor of Leitmeritz , married to Bonuše z Veitmile and Countess Apolonie von Waldstein . Bonuses brought Auscha into the marriage.
        1. Zdeniek († 1617)
      5. Ladislaus V († around 1577), Knight of the Order of Malta
      6. Judith († 1617), married to Wolf Novohradský z Kolowrat
      7. Albrecht († 1592 shot in Písek)
      8. Wenzel ( Václav ) († 1635), married to Johanna von Hertenberg and Helena Hozlauer von Hozlau. He initially held Opálka , but later came to the lands. His wife brought Budyně (Budin) into marriage. Because of his participation in the class uprising in 1918, he was sentenced to a fief. After he sold the Saaz fiefdom to his second wife Helene in 1624, it was taken from him. He inherited half of Grünberg from his cousin Andreas, which he sold in 1630 for a life pension. Wenzel died childless.
    4. Ladislaus II. ( Lacek ), († July 7, 1566) in Nepomuk . He was the chamberlain of Archduke Ferdinand II (Tyrol) and his sons. Through his marriage to Kateřina z Lokšan in 1558 he was related to his employer. Since 1560 he held Křivoklát as a pledge. In 1563 he received half from Grünberg, which he finally owned in full. He also bought a few farms and villages. After his death, his wife managed Pibran as trustee for the children , bought additional villages, sold Opálka in 1752 and married Georg Popel von Lobkowicz . On May 6, 1590, she was killed by her mentally ill son Ferdinand. After the death of Ladislaus, both of the former sons received half of Grünberg, the latter in 1584 Planitz .
      1. Albrecht , († 1563)
      2. Andreas ( Ondřej ) († 1625)
      3. Georg († November 13, 1592 in Tyrol ), married to Anna z Kunovic. In 1587 he sold some villages and in 1588 bought part of Nejdek . While delivering a message to Archduke Ferdinand, he broke his neck in Tyrol.
      4. Ferdinand († 1595), was married to Anna von Lobkowicz . In 1587 he bought the second half of Plánice from Ladislaus . In a fit of madness, he wanted to kill himself in 1590. He fatally injured his mother while trying to prevent suicide. He was taken prisoner, which his wife could not overcome mentally and died that same year.
      5. Ladislaus († 1615), was married to Bohunka von Lobkowicz . After Georg's death he got Grünberg. Ladislaus died impoverished because in 1613 he had to sell all of the farms in inheritance to settle debts.
      6. Marie († 1609) sued Planitz in half from Ladislaus. After her death, she bequeathed her property to Stephan Georg.
    5. Elise ( Eliška ) († 1616), married to Burgrave Heinrich von Dohna since 1561 .
    6. Johann († January 3, 1578), married to Anežka Beřkovská ze Šebířova. In 1571 Johann sold Štěchovice and Ostromeče. From his mother he inherited a part of Opálky , which he sold in 1572 and in 1573 bought Libeř and sold it again in 1574. He also worked for Archduke Ferdinand as a treasurer, later he was appointed captain of the Kouřim (Kaurzim) district. Shortly before his death he bought Otice .
      1. Magdalena († before 1578)
      2. Elisabeth († July 4, 1592), married to Ar Kleb z Kunovic
      3. Adam “the Younger” († January 15, 1587), married to Magdalena von Liechtenstein . He was appointed district chief and died childless. Konopischt and Otitz fell to sister Elisabeth.
      4. Karl († before 1578)
  4. Jaroslav III († between 1530 and 1535)
  5. Magdalena († 1572), married Johann the Elder of Schwanberg
  6. Bohunka († March 3, 1588) head of the Poor Clare Monastery in Krumau

More Sternberg and Sternberg-Manderscheid

  • Heinrich II von Sternberg († 1328), from 1324 to 1328 Prince-Bishop of the Bamberg Monastery
  • Alesch Sternberg Sternberg receives King on April 10, 1454 Ladislaus the Posthumous place Katzow via suitable.
  • Jaroslaw Ignaz von Sternberg , Bishop of Leitmeritz on the Elbe.
  • Franz Damian Joseph Graf von Sternberg, Fideikommissherr, royal Bohemian councilor and district judge (* Vienna 26 July 1667; † Czastolowicz 15 May 1723) married to Maria Josephine von und zu Trauttmannsdorf, (son of Ulrich Adolph Wenzeslaus Graf von Sternberg, Oberstburggraf zu Prague and founder of the Fideikommissherrschaft Zasmuk and Czastolowitz), ancestor of the older Sternberg-Manderscheid family.
  • Kaspar Maria von Sternberg (1761–1838), natural scientist and theologian
    Kaspar Maria von Sternberg , an important scientist and theologian (1761–1838), cathedral chapter in Regensburg. In 1818 he and his cousins ​​František and Josef founded what is now the National Museum in Prague , to which the Sternberg donated numerous rare collections and books. His correspondence with Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was published; with this he has toured the Bohemian highlands. An onion plant is named after him.
  • Franz Joseph Graf von Sternberg-Manderscheid (1763–1830), KK Chamberlain and Privy Councilor, Chamberlain in the Kingdom of Bohemia, numismatist and patron of the arts, was co-founder of the National Museum and the Patriotic Association of Friends of Art (predecessor of the National Gallery) in Prague.
  • Zdeněk Sternberg (* 1923) head of the family, owner of Český Šternberk Castle and Březina Castle in western Bohemia. Zdeněk Sternberg is married to Elisabeth Sternberg, b. Hruby from Gelenj .
  • Philipp Sternberg (* 1929 in Prague; † 2015 in Ottmarsbocholt (municipality of Senden))
  • Filip Sternberg (* 1956), lawyer in Vienna, son of Zdeněk Sternberg and Elisabeth Sternberg.


Web links

Commons : Haus Sternberg  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. (Bohemian country table (hall books), Volume XXIV, pp. 82v.-90v.)
  2. Götz Freiherr von Houwald : The Niederlausitzer manors and their owners. Volume III: District of Lübben. Verlag Degener & Co., Neustadt an der Aisch 1984, ISBN 3-7686-4109-0 .
  3. von Manderscheid coat of arms of the Sternberg-Manderscheid
  4. ^ Josef Jungmann: Historie literatury české
  5. Jan Augusta, p. 1035