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Maximilian Karl Albert
Count and then Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort
Personal details
Born (1656-07-14)14 July 1656
Died 26 December 1718(1718-12-26) (aged 62)
Spouse(s) Countess Maria Polyxena Khuen von Lichtenberg und Belasi

Maximilian Karl Albert, Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort (14 July 1656 – 26 December 1718) was an Austrian military officer and the first Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort.


Maximilian Karl Albert was the fourth child and the first son of Ferdinand Karl, Count of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort (1616 - 1672) and his wife Countess Anna Maria of Fürstenberg (1634 - 1705); he was followed by ten siblings.

Maximilian Karl, entered the emperor's service at an early age, was an acting imperial advisor since 1684 and was named privy councilor of the empire in 1699. After Prince Elector Max Emanuel of Bavaria was forced into exile in 1704, Maximilian Karl became the imperial administrator of Bavaria and, in his new rank as a prince, assumed the honorable position of a principle commissioner, the permanent representative of the emperor in the imperial diet from 1712 on.

On 3 April 1711 he was elevated to the status of a prince by Emperor Joseph I. He was granted principality for all his legitimate descendants by the emperor's brother and successor, Emperor Karl VI, on 8 January 1712.

His last office in the imperial service, which he held from 1717 until his death was the governorship of the Duchy of Milan, which Prince Eugene of Savoy had conquered for the House of Habsburg.[1]

Maximilian Karl died and was buried in Milan; his heart was transferred and buried in the crypt of the collegiate church of Wertheim.

Marriage and issue[]

On 26 August 1678, Maximilian Karl Albert married the Tyrolean Countess Maria Polyxena Khuen von Lichtenberg und Belasi. The marriage produced ten children:[2]

  • Princess Maria Theresia Franziska zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort (1679 - 1718)
  • Wilhelm Karl Magnus Anton, Erbgraf zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort (born and died in 1680)
  • Maximilian Karl Anton, Erbgraf zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort (1681 - 1710)
  • Count Wolfgang Philipp Eberhard Joseph zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort (born and died in 1683)
  • Count Felix Albert zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort (1684 - 1685)
  • Princess Eleonore Maria Anna zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort (1686 - 1753) married in Frankfurt on 9 November 1704 Ernest Leopold, Landgrave of Hesse-Rotenburg and had issue
  • Count Franz Joseph zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort (1687 - 1688)
  • Princess Maria Leopoldine Theresia Renata Dorothea zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort (1689 - 1763) married in Alt-Otting on 1 September 1710 Conrad Sigismund, Count von Starhemberg and had issue
  • Dominik Marquard Sebastian Christian Ernst, 2.Fürst zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort (1690 - 1735) married Landgravine Christine of Hesse-Wanfried (1688 - 1728) a daughter of Charles, Landgrave of Hesse-Wanfried and had issue
  • Count Franz Carl zu Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort (1693 - 1697)



  1. Martina Heine: Löwensteiner im Reichsfürstenstand. In: Wertheimer Zeitung vom 5. Januar 2012
  2. Karl-Heinz Zuber (1987). "Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort, Maximilian Karl Fürst zu" (in de). Berlin: Duncker & Humblot. pp. 98–99none , (full text online)

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Maximilian Karl Albert, Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort
House of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort
Cadet branch of the House of Löwenstein-Rochefort
Born: 14 July 1756 Died: 26 December 1718
German nobility
Preceded by
Ferdinand Karl
Count of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort
Succeeded by
Dominik Marquard
as Prince of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort

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