My Bohemian Acestors lived in Ceszy Krumlov. This is a dream come true to! I felt it in my bones. I titled myself the ‘King of the Bohemians’ and shared my dream with a beggar Gypsy girl who put her Gypsy gang on me, as did the Gypsy Hanson sisters who presented my lost daughter to me so they can get at the Rosamond legacy that was mishandled by Robert Brevoort Buck. What a story. What a movie! Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor and our related actors are here on the castle stage. The Phantom of the Opera, our Rosy kin, the Getty Family, and the Flemings. The world is mine! Everything is coming up roses!
Alas, I am free of these false stalking accusation made by people who are jealous of me! We built a theater, and married a Frankenstein! We built a labyrinth. I captured……..Belle! I founded a Kingdom, and struck a blow to the enemy of Democracy!
Dreamer Jon Prescowitz
‘King of California’ ‘The Last Bohemian’
Ascent and expansion
In 1599, the Schwarzenbergs were elevated to Imperial Counts, and the family was later raised to princely status in 1670. In 1623 came the Styrian Dominion of Murau into the Schwarzenberg family due to the marriage of Count Georg Ludwig of Schwarzenberg (1586 – 1646) with Anna Neumann von Wasserleonburg (1535 – 1623). Furthermore, the House of Schwarzenberg acquired extensive land holdings in Bohemia in 1661 through a marriage alliance with the House of Eggenberg. In the 1670s, the Schwarzenbergs established their primary seat in Bohemia and, until 1918, their main residence was in Český Krumlov, Bohemia (now in the Czech Republic).
History of the Masquerade Hall
At the end of the 16th century there were three large halls in which festive and important social gatherings were held in Český Krumlov, the residence of the Rosenberg family. One of them, the so-called Coats of Arms Hall, has not survived. The remaining two can still be seen, but in their altered form as the Hall of Mirrors and the Masquerade Hall. Written evidence about them that dates back to the second half of the 16th century.
Schwarzenberg Castle Theater in the 18th Century
After the death of Johann Christian I. von Eggenberg in 1710, interest in theatre among the castle residents declined. During the second generation of the new owners, the princes of Schwarzenberg, interest in theatre culture rose again in the mid 18th century. From 1765 to 1766, during the reign of Josef Adam zu Schwarzenberg, the original Eggenberg theatre was rebuilt along with a large-scale Baroque reconstruction of the rest of Krumlov castle. The project was most likely worked up by Andreas Altomonte, who also worked as a theatre architect in the Emperor\’s court in Vienna.
In January of 1766 the theatre carpenter Lorenz Makh from Vienna was taken into royal service after already having worked from December 1765 on the construction of the internal wooden architecture of the theatre. From an account from the castle hetman on January 15, 1766, we know that by that time the ceiling of the auditorium was ready, as was the stage floor and curtain winches, and the carpenter was just beginning to prepare the wing frames.
As far as the architectural project of the theatre is concerned, archival sources inform us that the auditorium was built according to a drawing of Johann Nepomuk zu Schwarzenberg, the princely son of the castle\’s owner. During the construction, his designs were criticized by the painters of the theatre decorations, Hans Wetschel and Leo Märkel, invited from Vienna. Their opinions were not taken into consideration.
From this time, the second half of the 18th century, up to the present, the original theatre fund has been preserved in almost undamaged condition. The fund consists of not only physical objects such as the building, auditorium, orchestra pit, stage, machinery, decorations, costumes, props, lighting technology, and fire and signalization equipment, but also written documentation such as librettos, scripts, texts, partituras, sheet music, inventories, accounts, orders, correspondence and other rich archival documents as well as visual sources, such as a collection of costume designs, scene designs, plans, portraits of patrons, and so on.
The name Rosenberg is also ROSEMONT.
In addition to the above named personages, Linhart Wichperger of Erbach also belonged among Wilhelm’s group of alchemists. He worked in Prachatice around 1566. There was also Jaroš Griemiller z Třebska who practiced in the service of the Rosenbergs in the 70s; to Wilhelm he dedicated his preciously illuminated alchemistic miscellany written in Czech and dating from 1578 (today in the National Library in Prague). This fundamental work, entitled “Rosarium philosophorum” meaning “Rose Garden of Philosophers” ranks among the classical achievements of alchemistic literature. It contains a description of the preparation of the stone of sages.
According to his master, the renowned engineer of the pond and lake system in South Bohemia and Rosenberg regent Jakub Krčín of Jelčanydevoted himself to alchemy. But his interest in alchemy was simply for pleasure, not profit. He set up a laboratory at Nový hrádek in Křepenice near…
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