Charles Günther, Count of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt

Charles Günther, Count of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
Spouse(s) Anna Sophie of Anhalt
Noble family House of Schwarzburg
Father Albrecht VII, Count of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
Mother Juliana of Nassau-Dillenburg
Born (1576-11-06)6 November 1576
Died 24 September 1630(1630-09-24) (aged 53)

Charles Günther, Count of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt (6 November 1576 24 September 1630 in Kranichfeld) was a German nobleman. He was the ruling Count of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt from 1605 to 1612 and then the ruling Count of Hohenstein, Lord of Rudolstadt, Leutenberg, Blankenburg, Sondershausen and Arnstadt from 1612 until his death.


Charles Günther was the eldest son of Count Albert VII of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt and his first wife Juliana of Nassau-Dillenburg. His brothers were Louis Günther I and Albert Günther.

He was privately educated and in 1593, at the age of 17, he enrolled at the University of Jena. He studied there until 1596; in the summer semester of 1597, he studied at the University of Leipzig. In 1598, he went to the Academy in Strasbourg, where he probably stayed until 1600. His teacher Melchior Junius praised Charles Günther as an exceptionally diligent student in his Orationes.

After his father died in 1605, Charles Günther ruled Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt for six years, with the consent of his brothers. In 1612, the brothers decided to divide their inheritance. Charles Günther received the part around Rudolstadt, Albert Günther received the part around Ilmenau, and Louis Günther I received the area around Frankenhausen. In 1624, Albert Günther and Louis Günther exchanged the parts they held, in the Treaty of Erfurt.

In 1609, Charles Günther initiated the construction of a school in Rudolstadt. The school was inaugurated in 1611. On 13 Jun3 1613, he married Anna Sophie, a daughter of Prince Joachim Ernest of Anhalt. Charles Günther and Anna Sophie were enthousiastic supported of the educational reformer Wolfgang Ratke.

Prince Louis I of Anhalt-Köthen admitted Charles Günther as a member of the Fruitbearing Society in 1619, probably on 5 September. He received the nickname der Vermehrende ("the Proliferating") and the motto Hundertfältig ("a hundred time"). His emblem was the fully grown Turkish maize (Zea mays L)with several open ears. He was member number 23.

Charles Günther died on 24 September 1630, at the age of 54. As he had no children, he was succeeded by his brother Louis Günther I.

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