Christoph, Duke of Württemberg

Christoph of Württemberg (12 May 1515 – 28 December 1568), ruled as Duke of Württemberg from 1550 until his death in 1568.

Christoph of Württemberg
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Christoph of Württemberg
Born(1515-05-12)12 May 1515
Bad Urach
Died28 December 1568(1568-12-28) (aged 53)
Noble familyHouse of Württemberg
Spouse(s)Anna Maria of Brandenburg-Ansbach
FatherUlrich, Duke of Württemberg
MotherSabina of Bavaria


In November 1515, only months after his birth, his mother, Sabina of Bavaria, fled to the court of her parents in Munich. Young Christoph stayed in Stuttgart with his elder sister Anna and his father, Duke Ulrich. When the Swabian League mobilized troops against Ulrich, he brought them to Castle Hohentübingen. In 1519 Württemberg came under Austrian rule after the castle surrendered and Duke Ulrich was banished.

Christoph was sent to the court of Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I in Innsbruck where he grew up and was able to gain political experience under Habsburg tutelage. Maximilian's successor Charles V took him on his travels through Europe.

Meanwhile, his father Ulrich had regained Württemberg from the Austrians in 1534 and Christoph was sent to the French court, where he became embroiled in France's wars against the Habsburgs. At the end of the 1530s, Christoph converted to Protestantism. In 1542, the Treaty of Reichenweier installed him as the governor of the Württemberg region of Montbéliard.

On succeeding his father in 1550, Christoph was forced to make high payments to avoid charges of treason by Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I.

In subsequent years, he re-organized the entire administration of the church and state. He also reformed and supported the educational system. Christoph gave Amandenhof castle near Urach to Hans von Ungnad who used it as the seat of the South Slavic Bible Institute.[1]

Christoph went to great efforts to boost Württemberg's profile. For example, he reconstructed the Altes Schloss in Stuttgart and hosted many celebrations.

Marriage and issueEdit

In 1544 he married Anna Maria (28 December 1526 – 20 May 1589), daughter of George, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, with whom he fathered twelve children.

Monument for Christoph in Stuttgart
Anna Maria of Brandenburg-Ansbach



  1. ^ Breyer 1952, p. 32.


  • Breyer, Mirko (1952). O starim i rijetkim jugoslavenskim knjigama: bibliografsko-bibliofilski prikaz. Izdavački zavod Jugoslavenske akademije znanosti i umjetnosti.
Christoph, Duke of Württemberg
Born: 12 May 1515 Died: 28 December 1568
Regnal titles
Preceded by Duke of Württemberg
Succeeded by