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Count Palatine Joseph Charles of Sulzbach

Heir apparent of Neuburg, Sulzbach and the Palatinate
The basics
Date of birth Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Amberg-Sulzbach, Upper Palatinate, Bavaria
Date of death 1729 Oggersheim, Ludwigshafen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Mother: Landgravine Maria Eleonore of Hesse-Rotenburg
Sister(s): Countess Palatine Francisca Christina of Sulzbach Countess Palatine Ernestine of Sulzbach Anne Christine of Sulzbach
Father: Theodore Eustace Count Palatine of Sulzbach
Spouse: Countess Palatine Elisabeth Auguste Sofie of Neuburg
Children: Countess Palatine Maria Franziska of Sulzbach Countess Palatine Elisabeth Auguste of Sulzbach Maria Anna von Pfalz-Sulzbach
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The details

Joseph Charles, Hereditary Prince of Sulzbach (German: Joseph Karl; Sulzbach, 2 November 1694 – Oggersheim, 18 July 1729) was the eldest son of Theodore Eustace, Count Palatine of Sulzbach.


The Sulzbach line was related to the Palatinate-Neuburg line who were Electors Palatine. The Elector of the Palatinate Charles III Philip failed to produce a legitimate male heir, as did his brothers. Joseph Charles, the eldest son of the Count Palatine of Sulzbach, was the heir apparent. On 2 May 1717 Joseph Charles married Countess Palatine Elizabeth Augusta Sophie of Neuburg (1693–1728), the daughter of Charles III Philip, a match intended to unite the two lines and prevented another succession war.

However, all the sons fathered by the couple died in infancy and only three daughters survived. In 1728 Elizabeth Augusta died in childbirth and Joseph Charles died the following year in Oggersheim. Therefore, the inheritance of Palatinate-Sulzbach and the eventual inheritance passed to Joseph Charles' brother John Christian Joseph and his family.

Joseph Charles was buried in the St. Michael's Church, Munich.


  • Karl Philipp August von der Pfalz (1718–1724)
  • Innocenza Maria, Pfalzgräfin von der Pfalz (1719–1719)
  • Elizabeth Augusta of Sulzbach (1721–1794), married Charles Theodore, Elector of Bavaria
  • Maria Anna, Pfalzgräfin von der Pfalz (1722–1790), married Clement, Duke of Bavaria and Count Palatine
  • Maria Francisca of Sulzbach (1724–1794), married Frederick Michael, second son of Christian III, Duke of Zweibrücken
  • Karl Philipp August, Pfalzgraf von der Pfalz (1725–1728)
  • A son, Pfalzgraf von der Pfalz (1728–1728)


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