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Christopher of Baden-Durlach

Christopher of Baden-Durlach

German prince
The basics
Quick Facts
Gender male
Birth October 9, 1684 (Karlsburg Castle, Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe Government Region, Baden-Württemberg)
Death May 2, 1723 (Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe Government Region, Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
Mother: Augusta Maria di Holstein-Gottorp
Father: Frederick VIIMargrave of Baden-Durlach
Siblings: Johanna Elisabeth of Baden-DurlachMargravine Albertina Frederica of Baden-DurlachKatharina von Baden-Durlach
Spouse: Marie Christine Felizitas of Leiningen-Dagsburg-Falkenburg-Heidesheim
Children: Charles August of Baden-DurlachChristoph von Baden-DurlachKarl Wilhelm Eugen von Baden-Durlach
The details

Christopher of Baden-Durlach (9 October 1684, Karlsburg Castle, Durlach – 2 May 1723, Karlsruhe) was Prince and (titular) Margrave of Baden-Durlach.

Christopher was the son of Margrave Frederick VII Magnus of Baden-Durlach and Augusta Marie of Holstein-Gottorp (born February 6, 1649 – † April 25, 1728), daughter of the Duke Frederick III of Holstein-Gottorp. He was the brother of the ruling Margrave Charles III William, who reigned from 1709 till 1738.

Marriage and descendants

On 4 December 1711, Christopher of Baden-Durlach married with Marie Christine Felizitas (born December 30, 1692 – died June 3, 1734), a daughter of Johann Karl August, Count of Leiningen-Dagsburg-Falkenburg-Heidesheim and Countess Johanna Magdalene of Hanau-Lichtenberg. The couple had the following children:

  • Karl August (November 14, 1712 – September 30, 1786), later ruler of Baden-Durlach (guardianship government for Charles Frederick); married Juliane Schmid (later Baroness von Ehrenberg)
  • Charles William Eugene (November 3, 1713 – May 9, 1783), had a military career; from 1743 he was a member of the guardianship authorities (guardianship government for Charles Frederick) of Baden-Durlach with his brother.
  • Christopher (June 5, 1717 – December 18, 1789), married on 28 November 1779 Katharina Höllischer, created Baroness von Freydorf (born June 26, 1745 – died 23 July 1811)

After Christopher's early death, his widow married Duke John William III of Saxe-Eisenach in 1727. She was his fourth wife.

Since two of his sons married morganatically and one remained single, this branch of the family could not contribute to the preservation of the House of Baden-Durlach, when the conflicts began over the legitimacy of the descendants of Grand Duke Charles Frederick from the morganatic marriage to Luise Caroline Geyer von Geyersberg.

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