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Carol I, King of Romania
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Carol I, King of Romania

(April 20, 1839, Sigmaringen – October 10, 1914, Peleş Castle near Sinaia), born Karl Eitel Friedrich Zephyrin of Hohenzollern, Prince of Romania (1866–1881), from 1881 King of Romania.

After Alexandru Cuza, the first ruler of the Romanian state created from the united principalities of Wallachia and Moldavia, was deposed in April 1866, the Romanian Parliament elected Carol, a member of the House of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, as the new head of state. Despite the initial skepticism of Austria in particular, Carol eventually gained the acceptance of a…

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Höpken, Wolfgang, “Carol I, King of Romania”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 06 May 2021 <>
First published online: 2015

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