Anna of Veldenz, Countess Palatine of Simmern-Zweibrücken

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This article is about the Countess Palatine of Simmern-Zweibrücken. For her great-great-granddaughter, the Margravine of Baden-Durlach, see Anna of Veldenz.
Anna of Veldenz
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Countess Anna of Veldenz
Spouse(s) Stephen, Count Palatine of Simmern-Zweibrücken
Noble family Hohengeroldseck
Father Frederick III of Veldenz
Mother Margaret of Nassau-Saarbrücken
Born c. 1390
Died 18 November 1439(1439-11-18)
Wachenheim

Anne of Veldenz (c. 1390 – 18 November 1439 in Wachenheim) was a Countess suo jure of Veldenz. She was a member of the Hohengeroldseck family, the second family to rule Veldenz.

Life[edit]

Anna was the heiress of Frederick III, the last Count of Veldenz from the Hohengeroldseck family, and his wife Margaret of Nassau-Saarbrücken. In 1409, she married to Stephen, Count Palatine of Simmern-Zweibrücken, thereby bringing the County of Veldenz into the possession of the Dukes of Palatinate-Zweibrücken. She also brought a 50% share in the County of Sponheim into the marriage. The Counts of Veldenz had acquired this share in 1425, as had been predicted by Count John V of Sponheim-Starkenburg in the 1425 Treaty of Sponheim. Anna's eldest son Frederick I would inherit her share in the County of Sponheim, her son Louis I would inherit the County of Veldenz proper.

In the 19th century, a descendant of Anna became King of Bavaria, which is why the Veldenz lion is now part of the Bavarian coat of arms.

Issue[edit]

From her marriage with Stephen, Anna had the following children:

  1. Anne (1413 – 12 March 1455)
  2. Margaret (1416 – 23 November 1426)
  3. Else (1420–1480), married to Michael von Corvey
  4. Frederick I (24 April 1417 – 29 November 1480)
  5. Rupert (1420 – 17 October 1478)
  6. Stephen (1421 – 4 September 1485)
  7. Louis I (1424 – 19 July 1489)
  8. John (1429–1475)