Friedrich I of Württemberg 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, KG
Frederick I was the ruler of Württemberg from 1797 to his death. He was the last Duke of Württemberg from 1797 to 1803, then the first and only Elector of Württemberg from 1803 to 1806, before raising Württemberg to a kingdom in 1806 with the approval of Napoleon I. He was known for his size: at 2.12 m and about 200 kg.
Frederick I ( German: Friedrich Wilhelm Karl; 6 November 1754 – 30 October 1816) was the ruler of Württemberg from 1797 to 1816. He was the last Duke of Württemberg from 1797 to 1803. He was also the first and only Elector of Württemberg from 1803 to 1806. He made Württemberg a kingdom in 1806 with the approval of Napoleon I.
Frederick was the third son of Johann Frederick, the 7th Duke of Württemberg and Barbara Sophie of Brandenburg. When his father died in 1628, his elder brother became Eberhard III, Duke of Württemberg. Frederick went at the age of 13 to study in Tübingen.
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John Frederick of Württemberg was the eldest son of Frederick I and Sibylla of Anhalt. He was born in Montbéliard castle which he left at the age of four when his family moved its residence to Stuttgart. John Frederick married Barbara Sophie of Brandenburg (16 November 1584 – 13 February 1636), daughter of Joachim Frederick, Elector of Brandenburg....German archives: page from ADB [permanent dead link]Bernd Ottnad (1974), "Johann Friedrich", Neue Deutsche Biographie (in German), 10, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 543–544; (full text online)Paul Friedrich von Stälin (1881), "Johann Friedrich, Herzog von Würtemberg", Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB) (in German), 14, Leipzig: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 441–442
German books 1. Paul Sauer: Herzog Friedrich I. von Württemberg 1557–1608. Ungestümer Reformer und weltgewandter Autokrat. Stuttgart 2003. 2. Harald Schukraft: Kleine Geschichte des Hauses Württemberg. Silberburg publishing, Tübingen, 2006, ISBN 978-3-87407-725-5 3. Das Haus Württemberg – ein biographisches Lexikon, Kohlhammer Verlag Stuttgart 1997...