The Electoral Rhenish Circle (German : Kurrheinischer Reichskreis) was an Imperial Circle of the Holy Roman Empire, created in 1512.
The circle derived its name from four of the seven prince-electors whose lands along the Middle Rhine comprised the vast majority of its territory.
The circle was made up of the following states:
|Name||Type of entity||Comments|
|Arenberg||County||Attained imperial immediacy in 1549 under Jean de Ligne, Principality from 1576, raised to Duchy in 1644|
|Beilstein||Lordship||Held by the Counts of Nassau-Dillenburg from 1343|
|Cologne||Prince-bishopric||(Re-)established by King Otto I in 953, Prince-elector and Archchancellor of Italy in 1356; including Vest Recklinghausen and the Duchy of Westphalia|
|Koblenz||Bailiwick||An administrative grouping of lands including the immediate Lordship of Elsen, held by the Teutonic Knights|
|Mainz||Prince-bishopric||Archbishopric established in 781 by Pope Adrian I, Prince-elector and Archchancellor of Germany in 1356; including Eichsfeld, Erfurt, and Aschaffenburg|
|Nieder-Isenburg||County||Emerged from Isenburg-Isenburg in 1199, partitioned in 1502 into Isenburg-Grenzau and Isenburg-Neumagen (to Sayn-Wittgenstein in 1554), extinct in 1664|
|Electorate of the Palatinate||County palatinate||Arose from the allodium of the Count palatine of Lower Lorraine in 1085 under Henry of Laach, held by the House of Wittelsbach from 1214, Prince-elector and Truchsess in 1356|
|Rheineck||Burgraviate||Fiefdom of Cologne around Rheineck Castle , held by the Freiherren of Varsberg from 1576|
|Thurn und Taxis||Barons||Briefadel without territory, Freiherren from 1608, Counts from 1624, raised to Princely Counts in 1695|
|Trier||Prince-bishopric||Established in 902, Prince-elector and Archchancellor of Arles in 1356|
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