Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria

Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria
Born (1868-12-27)27 December 1868
Died 12 March 1915(1915-03-12) (aged 46)
Spouse Bertha Czuber
Father Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria
Mother Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies
Ferdinand Karl and his wife Bertha Czuber (1910)

Archduke Ferdinand Karl of Austria aka Ferdinand Burg (given names: Ferdinand Carl Ludwig Joseph Johann Maria; Vienna, 27 December 1868 Munich, 12 March 1915)

He was the third son of Archduke Charles Louis of Austria and Princess Maria Annunciata of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose assassination at Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 launched World War I, was his elder brother.

He was a major-general in the Austrian Army.

Like his brother, in 1909 he concluded an unequal marriage with Bertha Czuber (1879–1979), daughter of Emanuel Czuber. Unlike his brother, he did so without the emperor's knowledge or consent, having eloped two years before the marriage was revealed publicly.

On 6 August 1911 he renounced his rights and titles as a dynast of the House of Habsburg and assumed the name of "Ferdinand Burg",[1] at the demand of Emperor Franz Joseph. Henceforth he absented himself from the Viennese court and lived in Tyrol.

By then Ferdinand Karl was suffering from tuberculosis, of which he died in 1915. He and his wife had no children.



  1. C.E.D.R.E., *L'Empire d'Autriche*, Volume II, 1991, p. 197 (French)
  2. "Latest intelligence - The German Emperor". The Times (36621). London. 25 November 1901. p. 6.
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