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Christian III, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken

Christian III, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken

Count Palatine of Zweibrücken from 1731 to 1735
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Intro Count Palatine of Zweibrücken from 1731 to 1735
A.K.A. Christian III, Christian III. von Pfalz-Zweibrücken
Countries Germany
Occupations Soldier
Gender male
Birth 7 November 1674 (Strasbourg)
Death 3 February 1735 (Zweibrücken)
Star sign Scorpio
Family
Mother: Catherine Agatha of Rappoltstein
Father: Christian IICount Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld
Siblings: Louise of Zweibrücken-BirkenfeldCountess Palatine Magdalena Claudia of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld-Bischweiler
Spouse: Caroline of Nassau-Saarbrücken
Children: Frederick MichaelCount Palatine of ZweibrückenCountess Palatine Caroline of ZweibrückenChristiane HenrietteCountess Palatine of ZweibrückenChristian IVCount Palatine of Zweibrücken
The details
Biography

Christian III, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld (Strassburg, 7 November 1674 – Zweibrücken, 3 February 1735) was a German nobleman. He was a member of the House of Palatinate-Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld, a cadet branch of the House of Wittelsbach. He was the son of Christian II of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld and Katharina Agathe, Countess of Rappoltstein. He was Duke and Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld from 1717 to 1731. In 1731, he inherited the sovereign duchy of Palatinate-Zweibrücken and thus became Count Palatine and Duke of Zweibrücken. He was also Count of Rappoltstein from 1699 until his death.

Life

Christian was born in Strasbourg in 1674. He was the only son of Christian II, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld to survive into adulthood.

He began his career in the French military in 1697 and took over the Alsatian regiment. In 1699, he inherited the County of Rappoltstein from his mother. In 1702 he became Field marshal and in 1704 he was promoted to Lieutenant General. He excelled militarily at the Battle of Oudenaarde in 1708.

In 1717, his father died. He left the army and took up administration of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld, which was a small part of the County of Sponheim. In 1731, Count Palatine Gustavus Samuel Leopold of Zweibrücken died childless and Christian III inherited his territory. His relatives objected, but in a treaty with Elector Palatine Charles III Philip concluded in Mannheim on 24 December 1733, it was agreed that Christian would receive Palatinate-Zweibrücken.

He died in Zweibrücken in 1735 and was buried in the Alexander Church in Zweibrücken.

Marriage and issue

In 1719, at Schloss Lorentzen, he married Caroline of Nassau-Saarbrücken (1704–1774) and had four children.

Name Portrait Birth Death Notes
Caroline Henriette Christine
Landgravine of Hesse-Darmstadt
Caroline-Henriette of Hesse Darmstadt-f4578561.jpg 9 March 1721 30 March 1774 Married in 1741 Louis IX, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt, had issue
Christian IV
Count Palatine of Zweibrücken
Christian-iv pfalz-zweibrucken.jpg 6 September 1722 5 November 1775 Married morganatically in 1751 Maria Johanna Camasse, had issue
Frederick Michael
Count Palatine of Zweibrücken
Louis Tocqué - Friedrich Michael von Zweibrücken.jpg 27 February 1724 15 August 1767 Married in 1746 Countess Palatine Maria Franziska of Sulzbach, had issue
Christiane Henriette
Princess of Waldeck and Pyrmont
Johann Georg Ziesenis - Christiane Henriette von Pfalz-Zweibrücken.jpg 16 November 1725 11 February 1816 Married in 1741 Karl August, Prince of Waldeck and Pyrmont, had issue

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References
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jamesdow/s058/f594591.htm
https://d-nb.info/gnd/120208164
https://viaf.org/viaf/67291414
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q61966
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/67291414
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