Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria

Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria, later known as Ferdinand Burg (Ferdinand Carl Ludwig Joseph Johann Maria; Vienna, 27 December 1868 – Munich, 12 March 1915) was a member of the House of Habsburg.

Ferdinand Burg
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Born(1868-12-27)27 December 1868 Vienna
Died12 March 1915(1915-03-12) (aged 46) Munich
SpouseBertha Czuber
FatherArchduke Karl Ludwig of Austria
MotherPrincess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies


Ferdinand Karl was the third son of Archduke Charles Louis of Austria and Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination at Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 launched World War I, was his elder brother.

He served as a major-general in the Austrian Army.

Marriage and issueEdit

Ferdinand Karl and his wife Bertha Czuber (1910)

Like his brother, in 1909 he concluded an unequal marriage with Bertha Czuber (1879–1979), daughter of Emanuel Czuber. Unlike his brother, he did so without the emperor's knowledge or consent, having eloped two years before the marriage was revealed publicly.

On 6 August 1911 he renounced his rights and titles as a dynast of the House of Habsburg and assumed the name of "Ferdinand Burg",[1] at the demand of Emperor Franz Joseph. Henceforth he absented himself from the Viennese court and lived in Tyrol.


By then Ferdinand Karl was suffering from tuberculosis, of which he died in 1915. He and his wife had no children. A funeral was set for him about four months after his death.


He received the following orders and decorations:[2]


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  2. ^ Hof- und Staatshandbuch der Österreichisch-Ungarischen Monarchie (1911), Genealogy p. 3
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  6. ^ "Königliche Orden", Hof- und Staats-Handbuch des Königreich Württemberg, Stuttgart: Landesamt, 1907, p. 31
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