Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg (1557-1608)

"Friedrich I of Württemberg (19 August 1557, in Montbéliard – 29 January 1608, in Stuttgart) was the son of George of Mömpelgard and his wife Barbara of Hesse, daughter of Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse.

Several references are made to him in Shakespeare´s The Merry Wives of Windsor, in which a series of anti-German jokes start with a horse theft, several references are made to German travellers in England and to a German duke who is not expected to come to Windsor.

Arms of Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg, KGFrederick of Mömpelgard was heir apparent to the dukedom of Württemberg when he visited Windsor and other English cities in 1592. He developed a desire to be made a Knight of the Garter and solicited Queen Elizabeth for the honor repeatedly. After he had inherited the dukedom and become more prominent in affairs, she admitted him to the order. In a calculated slight, he was not informed of his admission in time to attend the investiture in spring 1597, the ceremony for which The Merry Wives of Windsor was written. Thus references to Mömpelgard´s earlier visit and his not being in Windsor were jokes intended for the play´s first audience, and appear in the First Folio edition of the play, taken from the first private performance, but not in the 1602 Quarto derived from public theatrical production." - ( 12.01.2020)

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son of George I of Württemberg-Mömpelgard (1498-1558) [father of], Barbara of Hesse (1536-1597) [mother of]
Husband of Sibylla of Anhalt (1564-1614)
father of Sibylle Elisabeth of Württemberg (1584-1606) [daughter of], Sibylla of Anhalt (1564-1614) [mother of]
father of John Frederick, Duke of Württemberg (1582-1628) [son of], Sibylla of Anhalt (1564-1614) [mother of]
official Duke Württemberg
was born Schloss Horbourg 19.08.1557
died Stuttgart 29.01.1608


bridegroom Sibylla of Anhalt (1564-1614) 22.05.1581

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Federschild "Mäander und Sonne", aztekisch, um 1520Herzog Friedrich I. und Herzogin Sibylla von Württemberg mit ihren KindernSchildkrötenpanzer mit dem württembergischen HerzogswappenSchwert Herzog Friedrichs I. von WürttembergMedaille auf den Regierungsantritt Herzog Friedrichs I. in WürttembergDoppelter Goldgulden von Herzog Friedrich I. von Württemberg
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Was depicted (Actor) Frederick I, Duke of Württemberg (1557-1608)
[Relation to person or institution] House of Württemberg

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Schloss Horbourg7.405331134796148.083629608154Place of birth db_images_gestaltung/generalsvg/place-biog.svg0.07522
Stuttgart9.177499771118248.776111602783Place of deathdb_images_gestaltung/generalsvg/place-biog.svg0.07522
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