Charles I, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld

Charles I of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld (German: Karl I.; 4 September 1560 – 16 December 1600), Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke in Bavaria, Count to Veldenz and Sponheim was the Duke of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld from 1569 until 1600.

Charles I
Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld
Karl I. von Pfalz-Zweibruecken-Birkenfeld.jpg
Charles I, Count Palatine by Rhine, Duke in Bavaria, Count to Veldenz and Sponheim
Born(1560-09-04)4 September 1560
Neuburg an der Donau
Died16 December 1600(1600-12-16) (aged 40)
Birkenfeld
BuriedMeisenheim
Noble familyHouse of Wittelsbach
Spouse(s)Dorothea of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Issue
FatherWolfgang, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken
MotherAnna of Hesse

LifeEdit

Charles was born in Neuburg in 1560 as the youngest son of Wolfgang, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken. After his father's death in 1569, Charles and his brothers partitioned his territories: Charles received the Palatine share on the Rear County of Sponheim, a small territory around Birkenfeld. Charles is the founder of the House of Palatinate-Birkenfeld.

Charles died in Birkenfeld in 1600 and was buried in Meisenheim. Charles was a prince of a relatively unimportant state, and his chief fame is that the Kings of Bavaria descended from him.

MarriageEdit

Charles married Dorothea of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1 January 1570 – 15 August 1649), daughter of Duke William VI, on 23 February 1590 and had the following children:

  1. George William (6 August 1591 – 25 December 1669)
  2. Sophie (29 March 1593 – 16 November 1676), married to Crato VII of Hohenlohe-Neuenstein (14 November 1582 – 11 October 1641)
  3. Frederick (29 October 1594 – 20 July 1626)
  4. Christian (3 November 1598 – 6 September 1654)

AncestorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Jahresbericht [afterw.] Trierer Jahresberichte, 1858, p. 50 (Digitalised)
Preceded by
Wolfgang of Palatinate-Zweibrücken
Duke of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld
1569–1600
Succeeded by
George William of Palatinate-Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld
Succeeded by
Christian I of Palatinate-Birkenfeld-Bischweiler