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In the 19th century, German nobles, if they couldn’t supply themselves with income from their own land and forestry or had a considerable family capacity, had search for dependent employment, particularly in the aftermath of the German mediatization (1803/1806). In many cases, the state service in its numerous facets (military, administration, jurisprudence, etc.) often was the most appropriate option. Philipp Graf von Lerchenfeld-Brennberg (1785-1854) is a representative of this disempowered aristocracy, whose members – like himself – first had to explore where their place in the new form of government would be.
For this purpose, Lerchenfeld visited a Bavarian university for studying law, after he graduated from an Elite school in Munich – of course some privileges were preserved. After five years as a judge’s and later magistrate’s assistant in the service of the Kingdom of Bavaria, he began his occupation as a district judge at the Franconian periphery in 1814. The nobleman, whose family had lost influence some decades ago, had to remain in this rather low rank for some 18 years – eventually serving in Erding. However, this low rank service was followed by a rapid career breakthrough in the state capital, which was crowned by a promotion to chief administrator of Lower Franconia in 1837. At the beginning of the year 1838, Lerchenfeld assumed this highest position at the level of a district authority, but it should only be held for less than three years, before he was recalled as the president of the Court of Appeal in Upper Bavaria.
In his German monograph, Riccardo Altieri on the one hand presents a comprehensive study on the life and work of a Bavarian chief administrator of the 19th century. On the other hand he has written the first comprehensive book of a main line of this once-important lineage. In addition, Altieris work includes a family tree of more than 800 years of the counts of Lerchenfeld-Brennberg.
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keywords19. Jahrhundert Bayerische Adelsgeschichte Bayerische Rechtsgeschichte Bayerische Verwaltungsgeschichte Freiherren von Lerchenfeld Geschichte Unterfrankens Grafen von Lerchenfeld Ludwig I. Max I. Joseph Max II. Joseph Mediatisierung Montgelas Regierung von Unterfranken
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