Dorothea of Hanau-Münzenberg

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Dorothea of Hanau-Münzenberg
Spouse(s) Anton of Ortenburg
Volrad of Gleichen-Kranichfeld-Ehrenstein-Blankenhain
Noble family House of Hanau
Father Philip III, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg
Mother Countess Palatine Helena of Simmern
Born (1556-02-04)4 February 1556
Died 5 September 1638(1638-09-05) (aged 82)

Countess Dorothea of Hanau-Münzenberg (4 February 1556 – 5 September 1638) was a German noblewoman. She was a daughter of Count Philip III of Hanau-Münzenberg and his wife, Countess Palatine Helena of Simmern.

Marriage and issue[edit]

Dorothea was married twice: she married for the first time on 15 June 1571 with Anton of Ortenburg (5 September 1530 – 23 May 1573). He was a member of the Aulic Council and governor of Heidenheim on behalf of Württemberg. They had one son, Frederick, who died shortly after birth.

She married for the second time on 28 November 1585, with Count Volrad of Gleichen-Kranichfeld-Ehrenstein-Blankenhain[1] (d. 1627). This marriage ended in divorce, in 1596. Together, they had two children:

  • Frederick William (d. 1599)
  • Dorothea Susanne (d. 1638), married to George of Mörsperg and Beffort (d. 1648).


She died on 5 September 1638. At her funeral, a funeral sermon was published.[2]



  • Reinhard Suchier: Genealogie des Hanauer Grafenhauses, in: Festschrift des Hanauer Geschichtsvereins zu seiner fünfzigjährigen Jubelfeier am 27. August 1894, Hanau, 1894
  • Ernst J. Zimmermann: Hanau Stadt und Land, 3rd ed., Hanau, 1919, reprinted: 1978


  1. ^ Dek, p. 232
  2. ^ Hessian State Archive in Marburg, file 81: government of Hanau, item A 29,8