Margravine Dorothea Charlotte of Brandenburg-Ansbach

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Dorothea Charlotte of Brandenburg-Ansbach
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Spouse Ernest Louis
Father Albert of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Mother Sophia Margaret of Oettingen-Oettingen
Born (1661-11-28)28 November 1661
Died 15 November 1705(1705-11-15) (aged 43)

Dorothea Charlotte of Brandenburg-Ansbach (28 November 1661, Ansbach – 15 November 1705, Darmstadt) was a German noblewomen, and by her marriage to Ernest Louis countess of Hesse-Darmstadt. The marriage took place in 1 December 1687.


Dorothea Charlotte was a daughter of the Margrave Albert of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1620–1667) from his second marriage to Sophia Margaret of Oettingen-Oettingen (1634–1664), daughter of Count Joachim Ernest of Oettingen-Oettingen.

On 1 December 1687 she married the Landgrave Ernest Louis of Hesse-Darmstadt. He was under the guardianship of his mother, Elisabeth Dorothea of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg until 1688.

Dorothea Charlotte was a pietist and exerted some influence upon the affairs of state in favour of the pietists in the first years of her marriage. In cooperation with Philipp Jakob Spener, whose patron she became, she promoted pietism at the court and the local University. After her death, Ernest Louis turned against pietism.

She died in 1705 and was buried in the City Church in Darmstadt.


Her children were:

  • Dorothea Sophie (1689–1723)
married in 1710 Count John Frederick of Hohenlohe-Öhringen (1683-1765)
married in 1717 Countess Charlotte of Hanau-Lichtenberg (1700–1726)
married in 1720 Landgrave Maximilian of Hesse-Kassel (1689–1753)


Title last held by
Elisabeth Dorothea of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Landgravine consort of Hesse-Darmstadt
1687 - 1705
Title next held by
Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken