William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel
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|Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel|
|Reign||5 April 1751 – |
1 February 1760
|Born||10 March 1682|
|Died||1 February 1760 (aged 77)|
|Spouse||Dorothea Wilhelmina of Saxe-Zeitz|
Frederick II, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel
|Father||Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel|
|Mother||Maria Amalia of Courland|
Born in Kassel, he was the seventh son of Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel and Maria Amalia of Courland. After his elder brother Frederick became King of Sweden in 1720 and his father died in 1730, he became de facto ruler of Hesse-Kassel. He officially became landgrave after his brother's death on 25 March 1751.
Five years later, the Seven Years' War began and William joined with the Prussian and British forces. Hesse-Kassel became an important battlefield and was occupied by France on several occasions. He had a deep, personal friendship with Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, and Roman-German emperor Charles VII.
His second son and successor, Frederick, became a Catholic, which led to restrictions on Catholicism in the Calvinist landgraviate and the transfer of the Principality of Hanau to his Protestant son William.
In 1717, William married Dorothea Wilhelmina (20 March 1691 – 17 March 1743), eldest daughter of Maurice William, Duke of Saxe-Zeitz.
They had three children: Charles (21 August 1718 – 17 October 1719); Frederick, his successor; and Maria Amalia (7 July 1721 – 19 November 1744). He died at Rinteln in 1760.
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William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-KasselBorn: 10 March 1682 Died: 1 February 1760
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