Countess Emilia of Nassau
|Princess of Portugal (disputed)|
Portrait of Countess Emilia by Daniël van den Queborn in c. 1590–95
10 April 1569|
|Died||16 March 1629
|Spouse||Manuel de Portugal|
|Issue||Maria Belgica of Portugal
Manuel António of Portugal
Emilia Louise of Portugal
Christopher William Louis of Portugal
Anna Louise of Portugal
Juliana Catherine of Portugal
Mauritia Eleonora, Princess of Nassau-Siegen
Sabina Delphica of Portugal
|Father||William the Silent|
|Mother||Anna of Saxony|
Emilia was born in Cologne. She is named after Amalia of Neuenahr who was in charge of her mother's household at the time of her birth. Emilia's mother had an affair with the father of painter Peter Paul Rubens. Due to this infidelity Emilia and her siblings, Anna and Maurice, were taken out of their mother's care and went to live with their uncle John VI, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg at Dillenburg. Emilia later went to live in Delft with her father and, in Friesland, with her sister, Anna.
After her father's death she acted as hostess at the court of her brother, Maurice. It was on one of those occasions that she met Dom Manuel de Portugal, (son of pretender to the Portuguese throne, António, Prior of Crato). She secretly wed him in 1597. Maurice was firmly opposed to the marriage, because the Nassaus were Calvinists and Dom Manuel was a Catholic. Maurice put Emilia under house arrest; Dom Manuel had to flee to Wesel. When Maurice found he could not convince her to divorce her husband, he banished her from court for ten years. They eventually made peace and she and Dom Manuel were at Maurice's deathbed.
Emilia and her husband had ten children. The last years of their lives, they lived separately when her husband decided — due to financial concerns — to live in Brussels at the court of Isabella of Spain, archenemy of the House of Orange. Emilia went to Geneva with her daughters, where she died three years later, at the age of 59.
- Maria Belgica of Portugal (born before 12 October 1598; died 28 July 1647), married in June 1629 to Colonel Theodor Croll (died 1640 in Venice [murdered]), Quartermaster general of Duke Odoardo Farnese, Duke of Parma.
- Manuel António of Portugal (born 24 February 1600 in Delft; died 27 October 1666 in Schlagen).
- Emilia Louise of Portugal (born June 1603 in Delft; died 29. October 1670), unmarried.
- Christopher William Louis of Portugal (1604–7 July 1660); a military person, commander of the guards of Maurice of Nassau in 1624, Knight of Malta, married to Anne Marie of Moutéleone.
- Anna Louise of Portugal (born before 3 May 1605; died 5 April 1669), unmarried.
- Juliana Catherine of Portugal (c. 1607–22 July 1680), unmarried.
- Mauritia Eleonora of Portugal (born before 10 May 1609; died 25 June 1674), married in Count George Frederick of Nassau-Siegen on 4 June 1647 in The Hague.
- Sabina Delphica of Portugal (1612–20 July 1670), unmarried.
|Ancestors of Countess Emilia of Nassau|
- Dek: De afstammelingen..., p. 243 et seq.
- General references
- Dek, Anders W. E. (1968). "De afstammelingen van Juliana of Stolberg tot aan het jaar van de Vrede van Munster" [The Offspring of Juliana of Stolberg until the Year of the Peace of Münster]. Spiegel der Historie (in Dutch). 3 (7/8).
- Media related to Emilia of Nassau at Wikimedia Commons