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Agnes of Solms-Laubach

Agnes of Solms-Laubach

Landgravine of Hesse-Kassel
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A.K.A. Agnes zu Solms-Laubach
Gender female
Birth January 7, 1578 (Laubach)
Death November 23, 1602 (Laubach)
Family
Spouse: MauriceLandgrave of Hesse-Kassel
Children: OttoLandgrave of Hesse-KasselElizabeth of Hesse-KasselDuchess of MecklenburgWilliam VLandgrave of Hesse-Kassel
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Biography

Agnes of Solms-Laubach (7 January 1578 – 23 November 1602) was a Countess of Solms-Laubach and, by marriage, Landgravine of Hesse-Kassel from 1593 until her death.

Life

Agnes was a daughter of Count John George of Solms-Laubach (1546–1600) from his marriage to Margaret (1554–1606), daughter of Count George I of Schönburg-Glauchau.

She married at the age of 15, on 23 September 1593, in Kassel Landgrave Maurice of Hesse-Kassel, whom she had met at the wedding of his oldest sister Anna Maria. Anna's wedding was celebrated in the presence of numerous princely guests. The marriage to the Calvinist Countess increased Maurice ties with the Calvinist counts of Wetterau considerably, although Maurice had chosen Agnes as his wife more out of love than of dynastic calculation.

Agnes was described as exceptionally talented, beautiful and lovable. Matthäus Merian made an embroidery of the countess with her husband and children. On the day after Anna's death, Maurice wrote to King Henry IV of France about his great loss.

Offspring

From her marriage with Maurice, Agnes had following children:

  • Otto (1594–1617)
married firstly in 1613 Princess Katharina Ursula of Baden-Durlach (1593-1615)
married secondly in 1617 Princess Agnes Magdalena of Anhalt-Dessau (1590-1626)
  • Elisabeth (1596–1625)
married in 1618 Duke John Albert II of Mecklenburg-Güstrow (1590-1636)
  • Maurice (1600–1612)
  • William V (1602–1637), Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel
married in 1619 Countess Amalie Elisabeth of Hanau-Münzenberg (1602-1651)

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