Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Death of Archduke Ludwig Salvator
Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria has died at Schloss Brandeis, in Bohemia according to German newspapers, reports the New York Times. He was 68 years old.
The archduke was known as an "explorer and scientist. He was an "honorary member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences of Bohemia."
He was born at Florence on August 4, 1847, the 12th of 13 children of Leopoldo II, Grand Duke of Tuscany. Leopoldo II was married twice. He had three children by his first marriage to Princess Maria Anna of Saxony, who died in 1832. A year later, he married Princess Antoinetta of Bourbon-Two Sicilies. They were the parents of ten children.
Archduke Ludwig Salvator never married. When he was young he fell in love with a cousin, Archduchess Mathilde, the daughter the Duke of Teschen. Ludwig wanted to marry her, but she was promised to Prince Umberto of Savoy. On June 6, 1867, Mathilde, then only 18, was getting dressed to attend the theatre. She enjoyed smoking cigarettes, but when her father, who abhorred smoking appeared, she tried to hide the cigarette behind her. Her dress caught fire, and she died in front of her family, sustaining second and third-degree burns.
He did have several relationships with women, and fathered numerous illegitimate children.