Zámek Žďár

About the Kinský family

The Kinský family is one of the oldest aristocratic families on Bohemia. The first mention of the name dates back to the beginning of the 13th century when the land was ruled by King Přemysl Otakar I. The original domicile of the family’s ancestors was a village stronghold named Vchynice [Vkhynyitseh] near Lovosice, to which the origin of the family’s name can be traced –Wchynski. Over the centuries, the name acquired its current form: Kinský. Generations of this widely branched family have flourished, thanks to their members merits and growing wealth. The original squires and knights became earls and counts with bearing the family crest: three wolf fangs in a red background.

Since 1628, the hereditary title of the Kinský Lords has been confirmed by an imperial decree. The members of the family have been holding the highest posts of supreme chancellors and supreme hunt masters, and they were awarded five knight orders from Marie Terezie and eight Golden Fleece knight orders. For several centuries, they had lived on the hereditary estate of Chlumec nad Cidlinou, whereupon they assumed by marriage the possession of the estate of Žďár nad Sázavou during the first half of the 20th Due to the family’s anti-Nazi attitude during WWII, the German occupants imposed receivership on their estate. After WWII, their estate was expropriated by so-called nationalization. The family members emigrated – Count Radslav resettled in France, where he became a globally recognized scientist in reproduction immunology.

The history of this ancient Bohemian aristocratic family started a new chapter in 1992, when Count Radslav Kinský took over the confiscated estate. From 2008, his sons, Constantin and Nicholas Kinský, continue to restore the castle complex.

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