Lengefeld, Charlotte von

BORN 22 Oct 1766, Rudolstadt, Thüringen - DIED 9 Jul 1826, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen
REAL NAME Lengefeld, Charlotte Louise Antoinette
GRAVE LOCATION Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Alter Friedhof (Abteilung I, Grabnummer 174)

Charlotte von Lengefeld was the daughter of Karl Christoph von Lengefeld (1715-1775) and Luise Juliane Eleonore Friederike von Wurmb (1743-1823) from Rudolstadt. She and her older sister Karoline met Johann Christoph Schiller in 1787 when he was in Rudolstadt. He befriended both and in 1789 he and Charlotte became engaged in Erfurt.

They married on 22 Feb 1790 in Wenigenjena and allthough they were often short of money it was a happy marriage. They had four children and Schiller's freund Goethe called her Lolo. She became a close friend of Goethe's lover Charlotte von Stein.

She often helped Schiller with his work and when he died in 1805 it was a heavy blow to her. In 1825 she visited her son Ernst in Bonn. There she underwent an eye-operation in 1826. Allthough the operation was succesful, she died five days later of an infection.

• Son: Schiller, Ernst von
• Daughter: Junot-Schiller, Karoline
• Son: Schiller, Karl, Freiherr von
• Husband: Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich von (1790-1805, Wenigenjena)

Related persons
• was a friend of Stein, Charlotte von
• is brother/sister of Wolzogen, Caroline, Baronin von

19/7/2007Exhumation of Charlotte von Langefeld's body. She was the mother of their son Ernst. A DNA investigation was conducted at the time to find out if the skull and bones at the Schiller coffin in Weimar were really his. They weren't. [Schiller, Johann Christoph Friedrich von]


The grave of Charlotte von Lengefeld and her son Ernst von Schiller at the Alter Friedhof, Bonn.
Picture by Androom (23 Apr 2005)


• Aubert, Joachim, Handbuch der Grabstätten berühmten Deutscher, Österreicher und Schweizer, Deutscher Kunstverlag, München, 1973

Lenglen, Suzanne

Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 21 May 2018