Prince Karl Theodor of Bavaria
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|Prince Karl Theodor|
|Prinz von Bayern|
|Portrait (1855), oil on canvas, of Prince Karl Theodor of Bavaria (1795–1875) by Joseph Bernhardt (1805–1885)|
|Spouse||Marie Anna Sophie de Pétin
|Caroline Sophie, Baroness von Gumppenberg
Maximiliane Theodore, Countess von Drechsel zu Deuffstetten
Franziska Sophie, Viscountess de Almeida
|Karl Theodor Maximilian August|
|House||House of Wittelsbach|
|Father||Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria|
|Mother||Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt|
7 July 1795|
|Died||16 August 1875
Prince Karl Theodor of Bavaria (German: Karl Theodor Maximilian August von Bayern; Munich, 7 July 1795 – Tegernsee, 16 August 1875) was a member of the Wittelsbach dynasty. He was the second son and fifth child of Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria (1756–1825) and Augusta Wilhelmine of Hesse-Darmstadt (1765–96).
Prince Karl joined the Bavarian Army. During the War of the Sixth Coalition of 1813–1814, he commanded a brigade under Karl Philipp von Wrede. He rose to be Field Marshal in 1841. At the age of 71, he commanded the Bavarian forces in the Austro-Prussian War with General Ludwig von der Tann. It was not a success, as troops under their command often found themselves in the wrong location, or were slaughtered by the Prussians. In one incident, the German Confederation Union Army 7th Corps received orders to join up with the retreating Hanoverian army at Hersfeld. Prince Karl did not know his allies' location and simply waited, until it was too late.
Prince Karl also resided in the Prinz-Carl-Palais in Munich.
Prince Karl married twice, both times morganatically. He married, firstly, on 1 October 1823, Marie Anna Sophie de Pétin (Neuberg-an-der-Donau, 27 July 1796 – Tegernsee, 22 February 1838), who was created Baroness von Bayrstorff in 1823. They had three daughters, all of whom were created Countesses von Bayerstorff in 1840:
- Caroline Sophie, Countess von Bayrstorff (17 October 1816 - 25 May 1889); married on 1 March 1834 Adolf Eberhard, Baron von Gumppenberg (Munich, 24 February 1804 - Munich, 16 December 1877); had issue.
- Maximiliane Theodore, Countess von Bayrstorff (30 September 1823 - 19 March 1885); married on 7 July 1841 August, Count von Drechsel zu Deuffstetten (Munich, 28 March 1810 - Munich, 20 May 1880); had issue.
- Franziska Sophie, Countess von Bayrstorff (10 October 1827 - 2 March 1912); married on 7 July 1845 Paulo Martins, Visconde de Almeida (Rio de Janeiro, 18 June 1806 - Munich, 5 April 1874); had issue.
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|Ancestors of Prince Karl Theodor of Bavaria|
- Marek, Miroslav. "wittel7: M1 (Genealogy of the Wittelsbachs)". Genealogy.EU.[self-published source][better source needed]
- The Mad King - A Biography of Ludwig II of Bavaria by Greg King ISBN 1-85410-464-0
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