Eggenberg, Johann Ulrich Freiherr von, Herzog von Krumau#
Eggenberg, Baron Johann Ulrich von, Duke of Krumau, b. probably in Graz (Styria), June 1568, d. Ljubljana (Slovakia), Oct. 18, 1634. Became a baron in 1598; raised to the position of "Reichsfuerst" (Imperial Prince) in 1623; became Duke of Ceský Krumlov, Czech Republic (then Krumau) in 1628. Converted to Catholicism and became a friend of the young Ferdinand II, later became his adviser and chamberlain. From 1602 governor of Carniola, member of the Privy Council for Inner Austria and President of the Hofkammer (court treasury); 1615 Lord Steward to Ferdinand II, President of the Privy Council and Statthalter (territorial governor) of the Inner Austrian provinces. After the Battle of the White Mountain he recommended a harsh course of action against the Protestants and in 1622 was given Krumau and other estates in Bohemia; became Reichsfuerst and one of the wealthiest men of his time (estates in Bohemia, Lower Austria, Upper Austria, Styria, Carniola). Because of his association with A. Wallenstein, he retired from the Court after Wallenstein´s murder. He built Eggenberg Palace near Graz.