Sophie Dorothea of Württemberg was the fourth of twelve children and the eldest daughter of Duke Frederick Eugene of Wurttemberg marriage with Sophia Dorothea Friederike of Brandenburg-Schwedt, She was born on 25. October 1759 to Szczecin. She was the sister of King Frederick I of Württemberg's first. and the great niece of Frederick the Great.
At his request, and Catherine the Great, it came to engagement with the widowed Tsarevich Paul. The ceremony took place in Berlin on 23. July 1776. Ludwig of Hesse-Darmstadt her ex-fiance received for the connection burst a generous compensation in the amount of 10.000 Rubles from the Tsarina.
The author depicts the life of Maria Feodorovna, and also touches on the history of their parents, the career of the Father, family life. An appendix describes the descendants of Duke Friedrich Eugen of Württemberg, on 34 Boards the royal houses of Schaumburg-Lippe and Waldeck-Pyrmont.
Most completely are the descendants of the Wurttemberg Regent House. The branches in the other royal families are on the nature of the Gotha Calendar, usually with the omission of the extinct members, continued to the present time.
Merkle J.: Youth of the Empress Maria Feodorovna of Russia, born Princess of Württemberg: 1759-1776: Publisher of W. Kohlhammer: Stuttgart 1892 (Download in the Russian State Library)