WHAT WAS CHRISTOPH'S CHILDHOOD LIKE?
His parents had a scandalous marriage. His mother, Sabina von Bayern, left the country, fleeing her quick-tempered husband, Ulrich von Württemberg. She was forced to leave her children behind—an unparalleled scandal! When Ulrich was banished from Württemberg in 1519, his son came to the Habsburg court. Christoph was related to the powerful Habsburg family and spent his childhood as part of the imperial house's retinue. The Habsburgs were Catholic and resisted the Reformation.