Person:Ernest Frederick I, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen (1)

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Ernest Frederick I , Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen
m. 30 Nov 1680
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Name Ernest Frederick I , Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen
Alt Name Ernst Friedrich van Saksen Hildburghausen
Gender Male
Birth? 21 Aug 1681 Gotha, Thüringen, Germany
Marriage 04 FEB 1704 Erbachto Countess Sophia Albertine of Erbach-Erbach
Death? 9 Mar 1724 Hildburghausen, Thüringen, Germany


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Ernest Frederick I, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen (Gotha, 21 August 1681 – Hildburghausen, 9 March 1724), was a duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

He was the eldest son of Ernest, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen and Countess Sophie Henriette of Waldeck.

During his youth he served on the Netherlands in the imperial military army, during which he was wounded in the Spanish Succession War at Höchstädt; in 1715 he left the Army after the death of his father, and assumed the government of the duchy of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

He wanted, like many German princes, to repeat the splendor of the court of the King Louis XIV of France in his own duchy; but this was the cause of his financial ruin.

Constantly in need of money, he levied taxes and sold towns. Among them was the county of Cuylenburg, the dowry of his wife. The county was sold in 1720 to the General States, not for the repayment of the debts but to build in his palace a garden connected with a channel. Likewise, in 1723 the office was finally sold to the duchy of Saxe-Meiningen. But the sale, without the assent of his wife was illegal, and this led to a war with Saxe-Meiningen. The county was occupied with troops of both duchies and at the end of the war all of the county was devastated and ruined.

Because of his intolerable fiscal charges, in 1717 an open revolt developed in the duchy.

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  1.   Ernest Frederick I, Duke of Saxe-Hildburghausen, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. (Online: Wikimedia Foundation, Inc.).