WHAT WAS ULRICH'S CHILDHOOD LIKE?
Ulrich had an unhappy childhood. His mother, Countess Elisabeth von Zweibrücken-Bitsch, died shortly after his birth. His father, Heinrich von Württemberg, was alleged to be mentally ill and was imprisoned at Hohenurach Castle from 1490 until his death. Ulrich's guardians, as representatives of his position, operated in his political interests but made no effort to raise the child. As an adult, Ulrich was mistrustful, quick-tempered and inconsiderate.