WAS JOHANNA ELISABETH'S MARRIAGE A HAPPY ONE?
Princess Johanna Elisabeth von Baden-Durlach and Duke Eberhard Ludwig von Württemberg married in 1697 for dynastic reasons, and against the groom's wishes. The couple soon went their separate ways, something not unusual for the period. The duke resided with his mistress, primarily at the newly constructed Ludwigsburg Palace. Johanna Elisabeth lived in seclusion at the Old Castle in Stuttgart. Only after the tragic death of their only son and heir to the throne did the couple reconcile, albeit too late to produce another heir.