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Re: south german Houses
The4 rreason that the saxonf Family became catholic was that Elector Frierich August (August the strong) weanted to become King of Poland and therefore converted to the catholic faith.
In Württemberg the relgion of the rulers also changed a few times. In 1733 after the death of Duke Eberhard Ludwig he was succeeeded by his distant cousin Carl Alexander who had stayed at the court in Vienna and there converted to the catholic faith. he married a Princess of Thurn and Taxis. His three sons who succeeded each other as Dukes where catholic but when they aoungest Friedrich Eugen married a Pricness of Brandenburg-Schwedt and niece of Friedrich II. the Great it was agrreed taht their children would be raised protestant. Therefore after the death of Duke Friedrich Eugen in 1797 the ruler where again protestant.
... and her sister Infanta D. Maria Antonia married the catholic prince of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen and was the mother of Ferdinand I of orthodox Roumania who married anglican Pss. Marie of Edinburgh.
Saxony was indeed a protestant country with a catholic RF.
I think they converted at the time the saxon electors were also king of extremely catolic Poland.
Another interesting case is Luxembourg.
Protestant Duke Wilhelm IV got married to catholic Infanta D. Maria Ana of Bragança, a cousin of the 2 above mentioned infantas.
Under the marriage treaty, it was consigned that all boys born from Wilhelm and Maria Anna would be raised as protestants and all the girls, catholic.
As the couple only had daughters, the Lux.Gr.Ducal family became catholic.
Belgium is another interesting case:
Protestant Leopold (I) married 1stly anglican Pss Charlotte and when he was offered the crown of Belgium, he married the catholic Pss Louise of Orléans.
Later, Leopold III choose protestant princess Astrid to be his wife.
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