Frederick Magnus I, Count of Solms-Laubach
|Frederick Magnus I, Count of Solms-Laubach|
|Spouse(s)||Agnes of Wied|
|Noble family||House of Solms|
|Father||Otto of Solms-Laubach|
|Mother||Anna of Mecklenburg-Schwerin|
|Born||1 October 1521|
|Died||13 January 1561
After the early death of his father Otto (1496–1522), Frederick Magnus I took up the government in his father's part of the County of Solms. He chose Laubach Castle as his permanent residence and gradually converted the castle into a palace. After the third division of Solms in 1548, Solms-Laubach became a separate principality, with Frederick Magnus I as its first ruler.
He married Agnes of Wied and had issue:
- John George (1547–1600)
- Elisabeth of Solms-Laubach (6 March 1549 – 1599), married Louis I, Count of Sayn-Wittgenstein
- Anna (11 April 1557 – 8 December 1586), married George III, Count of Erbach-Breuberg
In 1540, Laubach became a fortress and a militia was established. This militia has been preserved to this day as the Laubach festival committee. Frederick Magnus I was a friend of the Reformer Philipp Melanchthon. He introduced the Reformation in Solms-Laubach in 1544. He abolished the inheritance tax and issued a simplified court order, which developed into the Civil Code of Solms. In 1555, he founded a Latin School, with teachers from Wittenberg. He also founded the library of Laubach, which now contains over 90000titles from the 16th century to the present. It is a listed monument and was registered under Heritage Protection Act in 1955.
Frederick Magnus I died in 1561 and was succeeded by his son John George (1547–1600).
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