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The Counts of Helfenstein

The Counts von Helfenstein were, during the space of more than eight centuries, possessors of a great region of the Swabian Land, and the many members of this family exercised great influence not only on their own territory, but also upon other parts of the country. They held high religious and secular offices, were from times of yore among the first in the train of the Emperors, one of them was Duke of Swabia (Burkhart), they make their appearance as generals and high dignitaries of the church, as Imperial Governors of Swabia, and in other capacities they rival for a time successfully with respect to the primate with other dynasties in Swabia.

When the splendor of the Imperial Crown gradually began to lose color, the Counts von Helfenstein came more to the front, and reach under Karl IV the summit of their splendor. But then, having reached the summit, they do not climb any higher, and this is an important epoch in which the history takes an unfavorable turn for this family.

Knights and a Hut

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