The Lost German Royals
The House of Hohenzollern is also known as the lost German Royals. This family had a lineage that included nobles and royals from Prussia, Germany and Romania. The Burg Hohenzollern castle in Swabia was the family home, but throughout history the family name has been lost to a certain extent. The family was divided into two parts, the Catholics and Protestants with the Catholics dying off around 1869.
The family name began with the Zollern counts from 1061 to 1204. Burkhard I ruled until 1061, followed by his son Frederick I who ruled until 1125. Frederick II took control until 1142 and Frederick III who was also known as Burgrave of Nuremberg held power until 1200. Frederick III married the only child of Conrad II and was given the title Burgrave of Nuremberg since the elder man had no male descendents. Following his death, the family lands were divided between Frederick IV who was Catholic and Conrad III who was Catholic, but later turned to Protestantism.
Conrad III was viewed as the more successful son. His ancestors continued to marry into other families and their line grew and prospered. During the Holy Roman Empire, territories were awarded to the family from the House of Habsburg and the House of Hohenstaufen. These territories were parts of Germany in the 1300s, but they were also given portions of Germany in 1417 and again in 1618. The Hohenzollern line became known as one of the greater families in all of Europre.
Frederick IV and his descendents remained Catholic until 1427. His descendents included John I, John II and Frederick V who died in 1398. The land was then split between John III and Frederick VI. When John III died in 1420, Frederick VI gained control of both regions. He was given the names Elector of Brandenburg and Margrave of Brandenburg. His three sons John II, Frederick II and Albert III took control of the land after he died. Their family title was then changed to Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach and later Margrave of Brandenburg-Kulmbach. The family would continue to rule the area until 1791.
Christian II Frederick was the last Margrave of Brandenburg-Kulmbach. Born in 1757, he sold his territories to the Prussian King Frederick William II in 1791, effectively ending the family’s control over the area. The Brandenburg line continued to rule areas of Germany until 1806. The descendents during this time period were labeled as the duke of Prussia, while Frederick IV who was born in 1688 was also the King in Prussia.
The family was also linked to the Dukes of Brandenburg-Jagendorf, the Margraves of Brandenburg-Schwedt, the Duchy of Prussia, Kings in Prussia, Kings of Prussia, German Kings and German Emperors. These families were intertwined with the lost royals of Germany because they intermarried and branched off into other areas.
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