Charles Alexander, Duke of Württemberg
Charles Alexander, Duke of Württemberg Charles Alexander of Württemberg Spouse(s) Maria Augusta of Thurn and Taxis Noble family House of Württemberg Father Frederick Charles, Duke of Württemberg-Winnental Mother Eleonore Juliane of Brandenburg-Ansbach Born 24 May 1684
Died 12 March 1737(aged 52)
Charles Alexander of Württemberg (24 May 1684 – 12 March 1737) was a Württemberg noble from 1698 who governed the Kingdom of Serbia as regent from 1720 until 1733, when he assumed the position of Duke of Württemberg, which he had held until his death.
He succeeded his father as Duke of Württemberg-Winnental in 1698. As a successful army-commander in service of the Holy Roman Emperor, he had converted to Roman Catholicism in 1712. He was militarily successful under Prince Eugene of Savoy in the Spanish War of Succession as well as in the war against the Turks. In 1719 he was appointed imperial governor of Belgrade.
In 1720 Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI appointed him governor of the Kingdom of Serbia in Belgrade. After 13 years of autocratic reigning over Serbia, in 1733 Charles Alexander inherited the Duchy of Württemberg centered around Stuttgart from his cousin, Eberhard Louis. As Duke of Württemberg he moved the court back from Ludwigsburg to Stuttgart. He ruled over the duchy until his sudden death in 1737.
was succeeded by his nine-year-old son, Charles Eugene.
During his reign, he employed as his financier the ill-fated "Jew Süss", Joseph Oppenheimer, who was executed in 1738 for abuse of office during the reign of the duke.
He married Maria Augusta Anna of Thurn and Taxis (11 August 1706 – 1 February 1756).
It is under Charles Alexanders' Serbian regency that the word vampire had spread from the Serbian language into German and went into global usage, due to the internationalization of the vampiric legends in Serbia that Habsburgs' officers had spread onwards.
In literature and film
Although the story of Duke Karl Alexander and Joseph Süß Oppenheimer constituted a relatively obscure episode in German history, it became the subject of a number of literary and dramatic treatments over the course of more than a century; the earliest of these having been Wilhelm Hauff's 1827 novella, titled Jud Süß. The most successful literary adaptation was Lion Feuchtwanger's 1925 novel titledJud Süß based on a play that he had written in 1916 but subsequently withdrew.
Charles Alexander and his relationship with Oppenheimer is fictionally portrayed in Veit Harlan's 1940 Nazi propaganda film titled Jud Süß.
Although inspired by the historical details of Süß's life, Hauff's novella, Feuchtwanger's novel, and Harlan's film only loosely correspond to the historical sources available at the Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg.
Charles Alexander, Duke of WürttembergHouse of WürttembergBorn: 24 May 1684 Died: 12 March 1737
- ^ Encyclopedia Britannica (mentioned as "Charles Alexander")
- ^ Magill, Frank Northen (1985). Magill's survey of cinema, foreign language films. Salem Press. ISBN 978-0-89356-247-2. http://books.google.com/books?id=3GZZAAAAMAAJ. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
- ^ Haines, B.; Parker, S. (17 March 2010). AESTHETICS AND POLITICS IN MODERN GERMAN CULTURE. Peter Lang. pp. 42-44. ISBN 978-3-03911-355-2. http://books.google.com/books?id=GLo0EG6yuAAC&pg=PA44. Retrieved 27 October 2011.
Regnal titles Preceded by
territory governed by General Joseph O'Dwuyer
imperial regent of Kingdom of Serbia
1720 – 1733
Charles Christoph of Schmettau
Duke of Württemberg-Stuttgart
1733 – 1737
Charles II Eugene
1st generation 2nd generation 3rd generation 4th generationEberhard · Louis III, Duke of Württemberg · Maximilian · Ulrich · John Frederick, Duke of Württemberg · Georg Frederick · Ludwig Frederick · Joachim Frederick · Julius Frederick · Philipp Frederick · Frederick Achilles, Duke of Württemberg-Neuenstadt · Magnus · August 5th generation 6th generationJohn Frederick · Louis Frederick · Christian Eberhard · Eberhard · William Louis, Duke of Württemberg · Karl Christof · Frederick Charles, Duke of Württemberg-Winnental · Karl Maximilian · George Frederick · Albrecht Christian · Louis · Joachim Ernst · Philipp Siegmund · Karl Ferdinand · John Frederick · Eberhard · Emanuel Eberhard · Frederick Augustus, Duke of Württemberg-Neuenstadt · Ulrich · Eberhard · Albrecht · Ferdinand Willem, Duke of Württemberg-Neuenstadt · Anton Ulrich · Christoph · Carl Rudolf, Duke of Württemberg-Neuenstadt 7th generation 8th generation 9th generation 10th generation 11th generation 12th generation 13th generation 14th generationFerdinand Eugen · Eugen Eberhard · Alexander Eugen · Ludwig Albrecht · Carl, Duke of Württemberg 15th generationFriedrich · Eberhard · Phillipp · Michael 16th generationWilhelm · Carl Theodor
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