Kaspar, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken

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Kaspar, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken
Born11 July 1459
Veldenz Castle
Noble family House of Wittelsbach
Spouse(s) Amalie of Brandenburg
Father Louis I, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken
MotherJohanna of Croÿ

Kaspar, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken and Veldenz (11 July 1459 – c. Summer 1527) was Duke of Zweibrücken from 1489 to 1490.

Zweibrücken Place in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Zweibrücken is a town in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, on the Schwarzbach river.

Veldenz Place in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Veldenz is an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Bernkastel-Wittlich district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is the former main seat of the County of Veldenz, once a prominent principality to which belonged 120 villages and towns now in Rhineland-Palatinate and northern Alsace and Lorraine.


He was the son of Louis I, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken and Johanna of Croÿ. In 1478 in Zweibrücken he married Amalie of Brandenburg (1461–1481), daughter of Albert III Achilles, Elector of Brandenburg. Amalie died shortly before her twentieth birthday. They had no children.

Louis I, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken Count palatine of Zweibrücken

Louis I of Zweibrücken was Count Palatine and Duke of Zweibrücken and of Veldenz from 1444 until his death in 1489.

House of Croÿ noble family

The House of Croÿ is a family of European mediatized nobility, which held a seat in the Imperial Diet from 1486, and was elevated to the rank of Princes of the Holy Roman Empire in 1594. In 1913, the family had branches in Belgium, France, Austria and Prussia.

Amalie of Brandenburg was Princess of Brandenburg by birth and by marriage Countess Palatine and Duchess of Zweibrücken and Veldenz.

His father, Louis I, was afraid that after his death his dominions would be divided between his sons, with Kaspar receiving the County of Veldenz and his brother Alexander the Cripple receiving the Duchy of Zweibrücken. In order to prevent this, Louis ordered that after his death, his sons should rule the dominion jointly. However, just one year after Louis's death, Alexander had Kaspar arrested. Kaspar was declared mentally ill and incarcerated in Veldenz Castle. Henceforth, Alexander reigned alone.

Alexander of Zweibrücken was Count Palatine and Duke of Zweibrücken and of Veldenz in 1489–1514.

Veldenz Castle castle

Veldenz Castle was built on a spur above the village of Nohfelden in Landkreis Sankt Wendel in the northeast of Saarland, Germany.

Kaspar's dukedom was formally revoked in 1514. He remained incarcerated for the rest of his life. He died in the summer of 1527.

It cannot be determined conclusively whether Kaspar actually suffered mental or moral issues relevant to his duties as Duke, or whether he was moved out of the way by a power-hungry younger brother. Louis' decision that the brothers should jointly rule can be interpreted in different ways.


Kaspar, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken
Born: 11 July 1450 Died: Summer 1527
Preceded by
Louis I, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken
Count palatine of Zweibrücken
Succeeded by
Count of Veldenz

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