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Charles I (German: Karl I.) (4 September 1560 - 16 December 1600) was the Duke of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld from 1569 until 1600.

Life[]

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 a small territory around Birkenfeld.

Charles died in Birkenfeld in 1600 and was buried in Meisenheim. Charles was a prince of a largely insignificant state, and his chief fame is that the Kings of Bavaria descended from him.

Marriage[]

Charles married Dorothea of Brunswick-Celle (1 January 1570 - 15 August 1649), daughter of Duke William V, 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)



Preceded by:

Frederick

Succeeded by:

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