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Count Palatine Frederick Michael of Zweibrücken

Frederick Michael
Count Palatine of Zweibrücken

Frederick Michael, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken
Spouse Countess Palatine Maria Franziska of Sulzbach
Father Christian III, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken
Mother Caroline of Nassau-Saarbrücken
Born (1724-02-27)27 February 1724
Ribeauvillé, Alsace
Died 15 August 1767(1767-08-15) (aged 43)

Frederick Michael, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld (Ribeauvillé, Alsace, February 27, 1724 – Schwetzingen, August 15, 1767) was a member of the Wittelsbach dynasty. He was the father of Maximilian I Joseph of Bavaria. He was the son of Christian III of Palatinate-Zweibrücken and Caroline of Nassau-Saarbrücken and a member of the House of Palatinate-Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld, a branch of the House of Wittelsbach.

Seven Years' War

Frederick Michael was Palatine Fieldmarshal, Governor of Mannheim and finally in 1758 as Fieldmarshal of the Holy Roman Empire commander-in-chief of the Reichsarmee in the Seven Years' War against Frederick the Great.


He married Maria Franziska of Sulzbach and had five children :

He also had an illegitimate son by his mistress, Louise Cheveau :

  • Karl Friedrich Stephan (1767 – 1834), Baron of Schönfeld (1813), Count of Otting and Fünfstetten (1817). His daughter Luise married August von Senarclens de Grancy.

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