County of Nellenburg
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County of Nellenburg

Nellenburg was a county or landgraviate (Landgrafschaft) in southwestern Germany. The county surrounded the town of Stockach. It passed to Austria in 1465, after the extinction of the original comital line. Like the rest of Austria's Swabian territories, Nellenburg was ceded during the Napoleonic Wars, eventually falling to Baden.

After the Treaty of Utrecht led to the loss of his Principality of Mindelheim, it was discussed to make John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough prince of Nellenburg. Austrian law did not allow for the elevation into a sovereign principality though, and the plan was dropped in or after 1717. Nellenburg, therefore, never became a principality or a state of the Holy Roman Empire.[1]


  1. ^ William Coxe, Herzogs Johann von Marlborough Leben und Denkwürdigkeiten, vol. 6, Vienna 1822, pp. 297-8.

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