Lippe, 1650-1747

The dynasty was split in several lines - Lippe-Brakel (-1709), Lippe-Alverdissen (= Schaumburg-Lippe, 1644-), Lippe-Biesterfeld (1671-).
The estates fought attempts of absolute government. FRIEDRICH ADOLF (1697-1718) did not call Landtag (the estates) to asemble. The court spent more than the state revenue brought in; the county was close to bankrupcy. The estates sued the government in 1739-1746 at the Imperial court in Wetzlar, for reckless spending. The debt burden caused the government to sell the territories of Vianen and Ameiden (within the Dutch Republic) to the latter, to hand over STERNBERG to Hannover 1733-1771 as a pawn. An attempt to have the territory elevated from a county to a principality was approved by the emperor (1720), but failed to materialize as the government was unable to pay the fee.

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Lippe in seiner 800-jährigen Geschichte, from lippe.de, chronology, in German
Article Lippe, from Catholic Encyclopedia 1910 edition
Geschichte des Lipperlandes, from Land Lippe, in German, detailed
DOCUMENTS Map of the County of Lippe in 1789, posted by Thomas Höckmann; another map 1789, posted on The German Reigning Houses by Val Rozn
Map : Westphalia in 1803, posted by The German Reigning Houses by Val Rozn
Map : Central Europe 1812, posted by The German Reigning Houses by Val Rozn
Article Lippe, Grafschaft, from Zedlers Universallexikon (1730es), posted by Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, in German, 18th century font
REFERENCE Territorien-Ploetz : Geschichte der Deutschen Länder, Vol.1, Würzburg 1964, pp.402-403
Coins of Lippe 1601-1700, in Krause, Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins : Seventeenth Century 1601-1700, 2nd ed., 2000, pp.546-562
Coins of Lippe, 1701-1800, in : Krause, Mishler, Standard Catalog of World Coins : Eighteenth Century 1701-1800, 2nd ed., 1887, pp.394-398

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