Charles William Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach

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Charles William Frederick
Charles William, margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach.jpg
Spouse Princess Friederike Luise of Prussia
Father William Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Mother Duchess Christiane Charlotte of Württemberg
Born (1712-05-12)May 12, 1712
Ansbach
Died August 3, 1757(1757-08-03) (aged 45)
Gunzenhausen

Charles William Frederick (May 12, 1712 in Ansbach – August 3, 1757 in Gunzenhausen), nicknamed the Wild Margrave, was the margrave of the Principality of Ansbach from 1729 to his death.

Life[edit]

Charles William Frederick was the son of William Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1686–1723) and his wife Duchess Christiane Charlotte of Württemberg (1694–1729). During his youth, his mother ruled as regent.

When he came to power, Charles William Frederick ruled as a typical absolute monarch with a luxurious court life. He left his heir Charles Alexander a total debt of 2.3 million Reichsthaler, and he spent 10% of the state budget on hunting. He had 56 churches and many palaces built, among them a building in Triesdorf for his falcons, his greatest passion, on which he spent more than a half million guilders between 1730 and 1748.

Charles William Frederick died of a stroke on August 2, 1757.

Marriage and children[edit]

The Margrave's wife, Friederike Luise of Prussia

Charles William Frederick married Princess Friederike Luise of Prussia (1714–1784), daughter of King Frederick William I of Prussia. They had two children:

He also had four children with his mistress Elisabeth Wünsch, a miller's daughter. Both illegitimate sons, Friedrich Karl (1734–1796) and Friedrich Ferdinand Ludwig (1748–1811), and daughters Wilhelmine Eleonore (1743–1768) and Louise Charlotte (1746–1747) received palaces and the titles Freiherren and Freiinen von Falkenhausen.

Sources[edit]

This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

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Ancestors[edit]

Charles William Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Born: May 12, 1712 Died: 3 August 1757
Preceded by
William Frederick
Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
1723–1757
Succeeded by
Charles Alexander