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Louis I, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken

Count palatine of Zweibrücken
The basics
Date of birth
Date of death Jul 19, 1489 Simmern
Father: Stephen Count Palatine of Simmern-Zweibrücken
Mother: Anna of Veldenz Countess Palatine of Simmern-Zweibrücken
Brother(s): Ruprecht von Pfalz-Simmern Stephan von Pfalz-Simmern Frederick I Count Palatine of Simmern John of Palatinate-Simmern Archbishop of Magdeburg
Children: Alexander Count Palatine of Zweibrücken Margarete of Palatinate-Zweibrücken Kaspar Count Palatine of Zweibrücken Elisabeth of Palatinate-Zweibrücken
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The details

Louis I of Zweibrücken (German: Pfalzgraf Ludwig I. von Pfalz-Zweibrücken "der Schwarze") (1424 – 19 July 1489) was Count Palatine and Duke of Zweibrücken and of Veldenz in 1444–1489.


He was the younger son of Stefan, Count Palatine of Simmern-Zweibrücken and his wife Anna, heiress of the County of Veldenz, whom he had wed in 1409. Although Anne died in 1439, her widower did not obtain Veldenz from her family until 1444. In that year, Stefan decided how his territories would be divided upon his death, allocating Simmern to his elder son, Frederick and Zweibrucken to his younger son Louis, combining with it Veldenz and most of the County of Sponheim.

Family and children

He was married on 20 March 1454 in Luxemburg to Johanna of Croÿ, daughter of Count Antoine I de Croÿ and Margaret of Lorraine-Vaudémont. They had the following children:

  1. Margarete (1456–1527), married in 1470 to Count Philip of Nassau-Idstein.
  2. Kaspar (1458–1527).
  3. Johanna (1459–1520), a nun at Marienberg near Boppard
  4. Anna (1461–1520), a nun at Marienberg near Boppard.
  5. Alexander (1462–1514).
  6. David (1463–1478).
  7. Albrecht (1464–1513), a canon in Strassburg and Köln.
  8. Katharina (1465–1542), Abbess of St.Agnes, Trier.
  9. Philipp (1467–1489), a canon in Strassburg.
  10. Johann (1468–1513), a canon in Strassburg and Köln.
  11. Elisabeth (1469–1500), married in 1492 to Count John Louis of Nassau-Saarbrücken.
  12. Samson (1474–1480)


Louis I, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken
House of Wittelsbach
Born: 1424 Died: 19 July 1489
Preceded by
Count palatine of Zweibrücken
Succeeded by
Kaspar and Alexander
Count of Veldenz
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