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Maximilian I. von Bayern, (Elector)

Male 1573 - 1651  (78 years)

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  • Name Maximilian I. von Bayern 
    Suffix (Elector) 
    Born 1573 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1651 
    • Maximilian I, Elector and Duke of Bavaria (17 April 1573 – 27 September 1651), called "the Great,", was a Wittelsbach ruler of Bavaria and an prince-elector (Kurfürst) of the Holy Roman Empire. His reign was marked by the Thirty Years' War (1618-1648).

      He was born in Munich, the eldest son of William V of Bavaria and Renata of Lorraine. He was educated by the Jesuits at the University of Ingolstadt, and began to take part in the government in 1591. In 1595 he married his cousin, Elisabeth Renata (also known as Elizabeth of Lorraine), daughter of Charles III, Duke of Lorraine, and became Duke of Bavaria upon his father's abdication in 1597. Only a few months after the death of Elisabeth Renata, Maximilian married, on 15 July 1635 in Vienna, his 25-year-old niece Maria Anna of Austria, the daughter of Ferdinand II, Holy Roman Emperor and Maximillian's sister, Maria Anna of Bavaria (1574-1616). The main motivation for this swift remarriage was not so much political grounds as the hope of producing a prince to inherit. In contrast to the Elector's first wife, Maria Anna was very interested in politics and well instructed about developments. She was not bound to the Habsburgs, but rather completely advocated the Bavarian standpoint. Additionally, she conducted lively exchanges of opinion with high officials of the Munich court and took part in meetings of the cabinet.

      His first marriage to Elisabeth Renata was childless.

    Person ID I3167  Skeel-Kannegaard
    Last Modified 27 Jan 2008 

    Father Wilhelm V. von Bayern,   b. 29 Sep 1548,   d. 1626  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Renata de Lorraine,   b. 1544,   d. 1602  (Age 58 years) 
    Family ID F0654  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Elisabeth Renata de Lorraine,   b. 1574,   d. 1635  (Age 61 years) 
    Last Modified 24 Jul 2006 
    Family ID F1996  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Maria Anna von Austria,   b. 1610,   d. 1665  (Age 55 years) 
    +1. Ferdinand Maria von Bayern,   b. 1636,   d. 1679  (Age 43 years)
    Family ID F0671  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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