Princess Maria Leopoldine of Anhalt-Dessau
|Maria Leopoldine of Anhalt-Dessau|
Leopoldine Marie of Anhalt-Dessau, Princess of Lippe-Detmold, painting by Christian Lisiewsky, 1765
18 November 1746|
|Died||15 April 1769
|Spouse(s)||Simon August, Count of Lippe-Detmold|
|Father||Leopold II Maximilian of Anhalt-Dessau|
Leopoldine Marie was a daughter of Prince Leopold II of Anhalt-Dessau (1700–1751) from his marriage to Gisela Agnes (1722–1751), daughter of Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen. She had a particularly close relationship wirh her sisters Agnes and Casimire, with whom she mostly lived together, even after her marriage, and with whom she conducted an extensive correspondence when they were not together.
At age 18, on 28 September 1765 in Dessau, she married Count Simon August (1727–1782) of Lippe-Detmold, who was twice as old as she was. In her letters to her sisters, she complained about being homesick, so her sisters decided to follow her to Detmold. She personally oversaw the modernizing of the princely residence Detmold Castle and the Court at Lemgo.
She died on 15 April 1769, only four years after her marriage. Later that year, Simon August married her sister Casimire.
From her marriage with Simon August, Marie Leopoldine had one son:
- Leopold I (1767–1802), Prince of Lippe-Detmold, married in 1796 princess Pauline Christine of Anhalt-Bernburg (1769–1820)
References and sources
- Eva Labouvie: Schwestern und Freundinnen: zur Kulturgeschichte weiblicher Kommunikation, Böhlau Verlag, Cologne / Weimar, 2009, p. 321 ff
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