Princess Charlotte Wilhelmine of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld

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Princess Charlotte Wilhelmine
Countess of Hanau-Münzenberg
Spouse Philip Reinhard, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg
House House of Wettin (by birth)
House of Hanau (by marriage)
Father John Ernest IV, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
Mother Sophie Hedwig of Saxe-Merseburg
Born (1685-06-14)14 June 1685
Coburg
Died 5 April 1767(1767-04-05) (aged 81)
Salzhaus, Hanau
Burial 11 April 1767
Old St. John's Church, Hanau

Princess Charlotte Wilhelmine of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (14 June 1685 in Coburg - 5 April 1767 in Hanau) was a German princess by birth and Countess of Hanau-Münzenberg by marriage.

Life[edit]

She was the daughter of the John Ernest IV, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, and his wife, the Duchess Sophie Hedwig of Saxe-Merseburg (1666-1686).

She married Philip Reinhard, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg (1664-1712). She was his second wife and survived him by more than half a century. The dowry that she brought into her marriage was 18000guilders. This marriage, however, remained childless.

Widowhood[edit]

After her husband's death, she received Babenhausen Castle as her widow seat. With the death of Johann Reinhard III, Count of Hanau-Lichtenberg, the House of Hanau died out in the male line. The County fell to Hesse and was divided between Hesse-Kassel and Hesse-Darmstadt. She received the stately home Salzhaus in the old city of Hanau, where she lived the rest of her life.[1]

Death[edit]

She died on 5 April 1767 at the Salzhaus. She was the last surviving member of the House of Hanau. She was buried on 11 April 1767 in the family crypt in the Lutheran Church (now called the Old St. John's Church) in Hanau. her tomb was largely destroyed when the town was bombed during World War II.


References[edit]

  1. ^ Suchier, Grabmonumente, p. 55.
  • Reinhard Dietrich: Die Landesverfassung in dem Hanauischen, in the series Hanauer Geschichtsblätter, vol. 34, Hanau, 1996, ISBN 3-9801933-6-5
  • Uta Löwenstein: “Daß sie sich uf ihren Withumbsitz begeben und sich sonsten anderer Herrschaften Sachen und Handlungen nicht undernehmen ...“. Hofhaltungen fürstlicher Frauen und Witwen in der frühen Neuzeit, in: Frühneuzeitliche Hofkultur in Hessen und Thüringen, in the series Jenaer Studien, vol. 1, ed. by Jörg Jochen Berns and Detlev Ignasiak, Palm & Enke, Erlangen, 1993, ISBN 3-7896-0598-0, p. 115 – 141
  • Pauline Ruppel: Die Problematik der Ausübung von Vormundschaften in Herrscherhäusern durch die Mütter, erörtert und analysiert am Beispiel der Gräfin Catarina Belgia von Hanau-Münzenberg, unpublished thesis, Marburg, 1997, p. 39.
  • Reinhard Suchier: Genealogie des Hanauer Grafenhauses, in: Festschrift des Hanauer Geschichtsvereins zu seiner fünfzigjährigen Jubelfeier am 27. August 1894, Hanau, 1894
  • Reinhard Suchier: Die Grabmonumente und Särge der in Hanau bestatteten Personen aus den Häusern Hanau und Hessen, in: Programm des Königlichen Gymnasiums zu Hanau, Hanau, 1879, p. 1-56
  • Richard Wille: Die letzten Grafen von Hanau-Lichtenberg, in the series Mitteilungen des Hanauer Bezirksvereins für hessische Geschichte und Landeskunde, vol. 12, Hanau, 1886, p. 56-68
  • Ernst J. Zimmermann: Hanau Stadt und Land, 3rded., Hanau, 1919, reprinted 1978
This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.