Landgravine Eleonore of Hesse-Rotenburg

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Eleonore
Countess Palatine of Sulzbach
Spouse John Christian, Count Palatine of Sulzbach
Father Ernest Leopold, Landgrave of Hesse-Rotenburg
Mother Eleonore of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort
Born 17 October 1712
Schloss Rotenburg
Died 23 May 1759(1759-05-23) (aged 46)
Neuburg an der Donau

Princess Eleonore of Hesse-Rheinfels-Rotenburg[1] (Eleonore Philippina Christina Sophia; 17 October 1712 – 23 May 1759) was the consort of John Christian, Count Palatine of Sulzbach, by whom she had no children.

Biography[edit]

Born at the Landgrave’s Palace in Rotenburg an der Fulda she was the seventh child of Ernest Leopold, Landgrave of Hesse-Rotenburg by his wife, Countess Eleonore of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort. Her parents were first cousins, both being grandchildren of Ferdinand Karl, Count of Löwenstein-Wertheim-Rochefort. Her father, head of the only Roman Catholic branch of the House of Hesse,[2] became ruler of Hesse-Rotenburg in 1725. She travelled to Turin where her sister Polyxena was the consort of Charles Emmanuel III of Sardinia.[3]

Her husband had previously been married to Maria Henriette de La Tour d'Auvergne, who had died in 1728 after childbirth. He, too, was his wife's first cousin, Eleonore's father being a brother of John Christian's mother Maria Eleonore of Hesse-Rotenburg. She married John Christian in Mannheim on 21 January 1731. The next year, her husband succeeded as ruler of Sulzbach. The marriage remained childless and she became a widow in 1733. She traveled to Neuburg an der Donau where she died in 1759.[citation needed]

Ancestry[edit]

Titles, styles, honours and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 17 October 1712 – 11 January 1731 Princess Eleonore of Hesse-Rheinfels-Rotenburg[4]
  • 11 January 1731 – 11 July 1732 the Hereditary Princess of Sulzbach
  • 11 July 1732 – 30 July 1733 the Countess Palatine of Sulzbach
  • 30 July 1733 – 23 May 1759 Her Serene Highness the Dowager Countess Palatine of Sulzbach

Bibliography[edit]

  • Huberty, Michel; Giraud, F. Alain; Magdelaine, F. & B (1976), L'Allemagne Dynastique (Tome I Hesse-Reuss-Saxe), Le Perreux: A. Giraud, ISBN 2-901138-01-2 

References[edit]

  1. ^ Huberty 1976, pp. 108, 129, 146-147, 153-154.
  2. ^ Huberty 1976, p. 75.
  3. ^ Keyssler, Johann Georg. Travels through Germany, Bohemia, Hungary, Switzerland, Italy, and Lorrain: Giving a true and just description of the present state of those countries, New York, 1760, p. 246
  4. ^ Huberty 1976, p. 129.