Charles I, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld

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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
Spouse(s) Dorothea of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Noble family House of Wittelsbach
Father Wolfgang, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken
Mother Anna of Hesse
Born (1560-09-04)4 September 1560
Neuburg an der Donau
Died 16 December 1600(1600-12-16) (aged 40)
Birkenfeld
Buried Meisenheim

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.

Life[edit]

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.

Marriage[edit]

Charles married Dorothea of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1 January 1570 – 15 August 1649), daughter of Duke William VI, on 23 February 1586 and had the following children:

  1. George William (6 August 1591 – 25 December 1669)
  2. Sophie (29 March 1593 – 16 November 1676)
  3. Frederick (29 October 1594 – 20 July 1626)
  4. Christian (3 November 1598 – 6 September 1654)

Ancestors[edit]


Preceded by:

Charles I

Succeeded by:

Wolfgang of Palatinate-Zweibrücken Duke of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld
1569–1600
George William of Palatinate-Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld
Christian I of Palatinate-Birkenfeld-Bischweiler