Anointment to the Rank of Imperial Prince

The heritable dignity of an imperial prince is awarded to the brothers Franz Egon, Hermann Egon and Wilhelm Egon of Fuerstenberg-Heiligenberg. Holding office as the Bishop of Straßburg, Franz Egon, as well as his brother Wilhelm Egon, leads the life of an ambitious statesman. Both align themselves with France, forging close alliance with Louis XIV. The sword of Franz Egon, Prince of Fuerstenberg and Bishop of Straßburg, is out on display in the family’s collections in Donaueschingen.