1271 - 1644

Lower Rhenish-West.
Counts of Westphalia
Partitioned from Limburg-Isenberg 1271
Partitioned 1439
Partitioned 1644

Limburg-Styrum was a County of medieval Germany, based in modern North Rhine-Westphalia. The name "Limburg-Styrum" is also applied generally to the entire comital branch of the House of Limburg and the many partitions of the County. It was created as a partition of Limburg-Isenberg in 1271 by Count Eberard I which was originally based in Styrum and Altenhof. In 1301 the County of Limburg-Hohenlimburg was united with Limburg-Styrum, thereby adding the County of Limburg to the state. Limburg-Styrum made further territorial acquisitions in the form of Vitinghof and Neu-Isenburg (1370), and Broich (1372).

Limburg-Styrum was economically in ruins. Wars between Cleves, Berg and Cologne over the overlordship of Broich left it devastated. In 1425 Count William I married his daughter to Count Gumpert I of Neuenahr on condition that the County of Limburg would pass to Neuenahr. Bedburg was given in 1435, and also half the county of Limburg in 1442. But with William's death in 1449 the line of Limburg-Broich (partitioned in 1439) claimed the inheritance of the remaining half of Limburg. After that, the territories of Limburg-Styrum only included the small Lordship of Styrum. In 1442 Styrum was made an immediate lordship with the right to direct appeal to the Emperor.

The fortunes of the Counts of Limburg-Styrum reversed after that date. Over the following years, they acquired new territories through choice marriages: Bronchhorst, Gemen, Oberstein and Iller-Aichheim. The first three all had seats on the Bench of Counts of Westphalia although Gemen was the only one to continue after the 17th Century. In 1644 Limburg-Styrum was partitioned into Limburg-Styrum-Styrum, Limburg-Styrum-Bronchhorst-Borkelö, and Limburg-Styrum-Gemen.

Counts of Limburg-Styrum (1271 - 1644)Edit




Eberard I1271 - 1304
Theodoric III1291 - 1364
John II1294 - 1361
Theodoric IV1304 - 1327Also Count of Limburg-Hohenlimburg
Eberard II1308 - 1342
Theodoric V1361 - 1391
Theodoric VI1391 - 1396
Eberard III1396 - 1426
William I1397 - 1449
Theodoric VII1414 - 1439
Adolph1449 - 1505
George1505 - 1552
William II1505 - 1522
Herman George1552 - 1570
Jobst1570 - 1616
Herman Otto I1616 - 1644