|Intro||Margrave of Baden|
|A.K.A.||Christoph I. von Baden|
|Birth||13 November 1453, Baden-Baden, Germany|
|Death||19 April 1527, Hohenbaden castle, Germany (aged 73 years)|
Christopher I of Baden (13 November 1453 – 19 April 1527) was the Margrave of Baden from 1475 to 1515.
He regained the territories that were lost by his father to the Palatinate and its allies. Christoph maneuvered to keep these territories united under his son and successor Philip I, but his efforts were thwarted by Louis XII of France. In 1479, the seat of the Margraviate of Baden was moved from Hohenbaden Castle to New Castle (Neues Schloss) of Baden-Baden which was built by him.
In 1489 Christoph became a member of the Swabian League. This was part of his efforts for peaceful coexistence with his neighbors (in particular with Württemberg and the cities of Weil and Strasbourg). Within the protection of this South West German pact, Christoph advanced the internal development of his dominion.
Christoph Markgraf von Baden's winegrowing law of 1495 was a major step in improving the quality of wine produced in Baden. His wife Ottilie was from a famous wine-making family in the Kraichgau, the Counts of Katzenelnbogen.
By 1503, Christoph was responsible for uniting all the Badener lands when the Baden-Sausenberg died without male heirs. In 1515, before his death, he divided the Margraviate among his sons Philipp, Bernhard, and Ernst. However, Philipp who had succeeded him died childless, and his share was passed down to his brothers Bernhard and Ernst. Thus, Bernhard founded the so-called "Bernardine line" of Baden-Baden and Ernst founded the "Ernestine line" of Baden-Durlach.
Family and children
- Ottilie (6 June 1470 – 1490), Abbess in Pforzheim
- Jakob (6 June 1471 – 27 April 1511, Cologne), Archbishop of Trier
- Marie (2 July 1473 – 9 January 1519); Abbess in Lichtenthal
- Bernhard III, Margrave of Baden-Baden (7 April 1474 – 29 June 1536)
- Karl (21 June 1476 – 7 October 1510), canon in Strasbourg and Trier
- Christoph (21 July 1477 – 29 March 1508), canon in Strasbourg and Trier
- Philipp (10 December 1478 – 17 September 1533); Margrave of Baden-Sponheim
- Rudolf (16 June 1481 – 23 September 1532), canon in Mainz, Cologne, Strasbourg and Augsburg
- Ernst, Margrave of Baden-Durlach (7 October 1482 – 6 February 1553)
- Wolfgang (10 May 1484 – 24 June 1522)
- Sibylle (26 April 1485 – 10 July 1518), married on 24 January 1505 to Philipp III, Count of Hanau-Lichtenberg
- Rosine (5 March 1487 – 29 October 1554), married:
- in 1503 to Count Franz Wolfgang of Hohenzollern;
- to Johann von Ow zu Wachendorf
- John (d. 19 June 1490)
- Beatrix (22 January 1492 – 4 April 1535), married in 1508 to Johann II, Count Palatine of Simmern
- George (1 July 1493 – 16 November 1493)