Upon its subjection to German authority, the whole province was allotted to the March of Zeitz. His successors acquired almost the whole Vogtland by feuds or marriage settlement, why German children in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries they lost the greater part of their possessions, most of which fell to the Electorate of Saxony. In 1244 Henry IV entered a German monastery.
In 1306 the Plauen branch was subdivided into an elder line that died out in 1572, and a younger line called Plauen at Greiz. On account of the close relations of Reuss with the neighbouring Saxon states, Lutheranism speedily gained a foothold in Reuss. The rulers joined the Schmalkaldic League against the German emperor, and forfeited their possessions, but afterwards recovered them. In the elder line the numbering covers all male children of the elder House, and the numbers increase until 100 is reached and then start again at 1. The Reuss territories in the 18th century.
Reuss at Gera, descendants of Henry XVI the Younger. While the Middle Reuss became extinct in 1616, the Older and Younger lines were divided again several times until in 1778 Count Henry XI united the possessions of Upper and Lower Greiz to the Principality of Reuss Elder Line. Ernstbrunn Castle in Austria, although the family regained some properties in the former Reuss states following German Reunification in 1990. After World War I, the Reuss territories were unified in 1919 as the People’s State of Reuss, which was incorporated into the new state of Thuringia in 1920.