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Wolfgang Wilhelm, Count Palatine of Neuburg

Wolfgang Wilhelm (Neuburg an der Donau, 4 November 1578 – 20 March 1653 Düsseldorf) was a German Prince. He was Count palatine of Neuburg and Duke of Jülich and Berg.

Life

His parents were Philip Louis, Count Palatine of Neuburg, and Anna of Jülich-Cleves-Berg, a daughter of Wilhelm, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg. He was the winner of the Succession War for the Duchies of Jülich and Cleves (1609–1614), and became thus the first ruler of Pfalz-Neuburg, who was also Duke of Jülich and Duke of Berg. In 1615, he was made a Knight in the Order of the Golden Fleece. Because he converted to Catholicism and practised a strict policy of neutrality in the Thirty Years' War, his territories escaped widespread destruction.

He moved his residence to Düsseldorf in 1636.

Marriage and issue

Wolfgang William married three times:

  • In 1613 to Magdalene of Bavaria, who gave birth to Philip William, his successor.
  • In 1631 to Catharina Elisabeth Charlotte of Palatinate-Zweibrücken, daughter of John II, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken, who gave birth to Ferdinand Philip and Eleonore Franziska.
  • In 1651 to Countess Maria Franziska of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg, daughter of Egon VIII of Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg, they had no children.

Ancestry

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  • Biography and Portrait of Count palatine Wolfgang Wilhelm von Neuburg
Wolfgang William, Count Palatine of Neuburg
Born: 1578 Died: 1653
German royalty
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Philipp Ludwig
Count Palatine of Neuburg
1614–1653
Succeeded by
Philipp Wilhelm
Vacant
Title last held by
John William
Duke of Jülich and Berg
1614–1653
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