Charles I, Duke of Mecklenburg

Charles I, Duke of Mecklenburg[-Güstrow] (28 December 1540 in Neustadt – 22 July 1610 in Güstrow), was the reigning Duke of Mecklenburg in the Mecklenburg-Güstrow part of the country.

Charles I
Duke of Mecklenburg
Charles I, Duke of Mecklenburg
Born(1540-12-28)28 December 1540
Died22 July 1610(1610-07-22) (aged 69)
Noble familyMecklenburg
FatherAlbert VII, Duke of Mecklenburg
MotherAnna of Brandenburg

He was the youngest son of the Duke Albert VII and his wife, Anna of Brandenburg. Between 1564 and 1610, Charles was administrator of the commandry of the Order of Saint John at Mirow. After the deaths of his elder brothers John Albert I in 1576 and Ulrich in 1603, he became the ruling Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow from 14 March 1603 until his death. He also acted as guardian and regent for his grandnephews John Albert II and Adolf Frederick I, who had inherited Mecklenburg-Schwerin from John Albert I in 1576. Between 1592 and 1610, he was also administrator of the Bishopric of Ratzeburg.

On 17 August 1603, during an outbreak of plague in the region, he had an audience with the English diplomat Stephen Lesieur at Neukloster near Wismar.[1] When in 1603 John VII of Mecklenburg-Schwerin died, Charles I tasked John's widow, Sophia of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp with the guardianship and regency of Mecklenburg-Schwerin on behalf of her minor sons Adolf Frederick I and John Albert II. In 1608, Charles asked the emperor to declare Adolf Frederick I an adult.

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  1. ^ HMC Manuscripts of the Marquess of Salisbury at Hatfield, vol. 15 (London, 1930), pp. 234-6.
Charles of Mecklenburg
Born: 28 December 1540 Died: 22 July 1610
Regnal titles
Religious titles
Preceded by
Administrator of the
Prince-Bishopric of Ratzeburg

Succeeded by
Augustus I
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
Succeeded by
John Albert II