Charles William Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Charles William Frederick
|Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach|
|Born||12 May 1712|
|Died||3 August 1757 (aged 45)|
|Spouse(s)||Princess Friederike Luise of Prussia|
|Issue||Charles, Hereditary Prince of Brandenburg-Ansbach|
Charles Alexander, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
|Father||William Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach|
|Mother||Duchess Christiane Charlotte of Württemberg|
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. His love of hunting, particularly with his falcons, is what earned him his nickname, the Wild Margrave.
Charles William Frederick died of a stroke on 3 August 1757.
Marriage and children
- Charles Frederick Augustus (7 April 1733 – 9 May 1737)
- Charles Alexander, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach (24 February 1736 – 5 January 1806)
He also had four children with his mistress Elisabeth Wünsch, a falconer'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.
|Ancestors of Charles William Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach|