Charles Lorraine

Charles Alexandre Emanuel Lorraine (1712 - 1780)

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Prince Charles Alexandre Emanuel "Prince Charles Alexander" Lorraine
Born in Lunéville, Duchy of Lorrainemap
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Died in Tervuren, Duchy of Brabant, Austrian Netherlandsmap
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Prince Charles Alexander of Lorraine (Charles Alexandre Emanuel de Lorraine) (12 December 1712 in Lunéville – 4 July 1780 in Tervuren; German: Karl Alexander von Lothringen und Bar) was a Lorraine-born Austrian general and soldier, field marshal of the Imperial Army, governor and de facto sovereign of the Austrian Netherlands, and sometime duke of Lorraine.

Charles was the son of Leopold Joseph, Duke of Lorraine and Élisabeth Charlotte d'Orléans. When his elder brother Francis Stephen, Duke of Lorraine, married the Archduchess Maria Theresa, daughter of Emperor Charles VI, Charles Alexander entered the Imperial service in 1737.

During the War of the Austrian Succession, he was one of the principal Austrian military commanders. He was most notable for his defeat by better trained and superior forces under the formidable Frederick the Great at the Battle of Chotusitz in 1742 and more decisively ay the Battle of Hohenfriedberg in 1745. He was also defeated by Maurice de Saxe at the Battle of Rocoux in 1746.[1]


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Herzog Karl Alexander von Lothringen (1712-1780), Brustbild
Herzog Karl Alexander von Lothringen (1712-1780), Brustbild

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