Charles I, Count of Hohenzollern

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Charles I, Count of Hohenzollern
Spouse(s) Anna of Baden-Durlach
Noble family House of Hohenzollern
Father Eitel Frederick III, Count of Hohenzollern
Mother Johanna van Witthem
Born 1516
Died 18 March 1576(1576-03-18)
Sigmaringen Castle

Charles I of Hohenzollern (1516 in Brussels – 18 March 1576 at Sigmaringen Castle) was Count of County of Hohenzollern from 1525 to 1575. He was Imperial Archchamberlain and chairman of the Aulic Council.


Charles was the eldest son of the Count Eitel Frederick III of Hohenzollern (1494-1525) from his marriage to Johanna van Witthem (d. 1544), daughter of Philip, Lord of Beersel and Boutersem. Karl was Imperial Archchamberlain and later chairman of the Aulic Council. In 1534, he received the Counties of Sigmaringen and Veringen as imperial fiefs from Emperor Charles V.

Charles married in 1537 with Anna (1512-1579), a daughter of Margrave Ernest of Baden-Durlach, with whom he had several children, among them:

  • Ferfried (1538-1556),
  • Marie (1544-1611),
  • Eitel Frederick IV (1545-1605), later the first Count of Hohenzollern-Hechingen
  • Charles II (1547-1606), later the first Count of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
  • Johanna (1548-1604),
  • Jacobea Marie (1549-1578) wife of Leonard V of Harrach (1542-1597),
  • Eleanor (1551-1598),
  • Christopher (1552-1592), later the first Count of Hohenzollern-Haigerloch
  • Magdalena (1553-1571), a nun in Holz,
  • Joachim (1554-1587), titular Count of Hohenzollern
  • Kunigunde (1558-1595), a nun at Inzigkofen Abbey

He had held the family possessions in a single hand since the Counts of Haigerloch had died out with the death of his cousin Jobst Nicholas II in 1558. After his death in 1576, however, they were divided. His eldest son, Eitel Friedrich IV became the founder of the Hohenzollern-Hechingen line. His second son, Charles II, founded the Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. The third son, Christopher, founded the Hohenzollern-Haigerloch line, which died out in 1634, with Christopher's share falling to Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. The youngest son, Joachim, received the county of Zollern. This line was the first to die out, when Joachim's son Joachim George died in 1602.

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This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.
Charles I, Count of Hohenzollern
Born: 1516 Died: 18 March 1576
Preceded by
Eitel Frederick III
Count of Hohenzollern
Succeeded by
Eitel Frederick IV
as Count of Hohenzollern-Hechingen
Succeeded by
Charles II
as Count of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen
Preceded by
Jobst Nicholas II
Count of Haigerloch
Succeeded by
as Count of Hohenzollern-Haigerloch