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Prince Max Emanuel of Thurn and Taxis

Prince Max Emanuel of Thurn and Taxis

german prince
The basics
Quick Facts
Occupations Priest
Countries Germany
A.K.A. Max Emanuel von Thurn und Taxis, Emmeram von Thurn und Taxis, Max Emanuel Prinz von Thurn und Taxis
Gender male
Birth 1902 (Regensburg)
Death October 3, 1994 (Regensburg)
Mother: Archduchess Margarethe Klementine of Austria
Father: Albert, 8th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
Siblings: Princess Elisabeth Helene of Thurn and TaxisPrince Ludwig Philipp of Thurn and TaxisPrince Raphael Rainer of Thurn and TaxisFranz Joseph, 9th Prince of Thurn and TaxisKarl August, 10th Prince of Thurn and Taxis
The details

Father Emmeram of Thurn and Taxis OSB, until his profession Prince Max Emanuel Maria Siegfried Joseph Antonius Ignatius Lamoral of Thurn and Taxis (German: Pater Emmeram von Thurn und Taxis OSB; 1 March 1902, Regensburg, Kingdom of Bavaria – 3 October 1994, Regensburg, Bavaria, Germany) was a German Benedictine and member of the Princely House of Thurn and Taxis.

Early life

Max Emanuel was the fourth eldest son of Albert, 8th Prince of Thurn and Taxis, and his wife Archduchess Margarethe Klementine of Austria. He had six brothers and one sister. Max Emanuel's eldest brother was Franz Joseph, 9th Prince of Thurn and Taxis.

Monastic life

Max Emanuel joined the Order of Saint Benedict in 1923 and became a member of Neresheim Abbey. For his religious name, he chose Emmeram after Saint Emmeram of Regensburg, patron saint of St. Emmeram Castle (previously a monastery), the residence of the princely family.

In 1951, Max Emanuel received the papal concession for the reestablishment of the former monastery Prüfening Abbey. Later in the 1950s, he established the Liturgiewissenschaftliche Institut Regensburg-Prüfening (German: Liturgic Scientific Institute Regensburg-Prüfening). For over 30 years of his life, Max Emanuel resided isolated at the family-owned St. Emmeram's Abbey in Regensburg. His desire to revive the monastic life was not fulfilled, however, so he opened Prüfening Abbey as a meeting place and home for the youth and poor. Max Emanuel died in 1994 and was buried at Neresheim Abbey.

Titles, styles, honours and arms

Titles and styles

  • 1 March 1902 – 1923: His Serene Highness Prince Max Emanuel of Thurn and Taxis
  • 1923- priestly ordination: The Honourable Brother Emmeram of Thurn and Taxis, member of the Order of Saint Benedict
  • priestly ordination - 3 October 1994: The Reverend Pater Emmeram of Thurn and Taxis, priest of the Order of Saint Benedict


  • Knight of the Order of Parfaite Amitié


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