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Margravine Dorothea Charlotte of Brandenburg-Ansbach

Margravine Dorothea Charlotte of Brandenburg-Ansbach

German noble
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Quick Facts
Gender female
Birth November 28, 1661 (Ansbach)
Death November 15, 1705 (Darmstadt)
Mother: Sophie Margarete of Oettingen-Oettingen
Father: Albert IIMargrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Spouse: Ernest Louis of Hesse-Darmstadt
Children: Louis VIIILandgrave of Hesse-DarmstadtPrince Charles William of Hesse-DarmstadtPrince Francis Ernest of Hesse-DarmstadtFriederike Charlotte of Hesse-DarmstadtDorothea Sophie of Hesse-Darmstadt
The details

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


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

On 1 December 1687 she married Ernest Louis, Landgrave 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)
  • Louis VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (1691–1768)
married in 1717 Countess Charlotte of Hanau-Lichtenberg (1700–1726)
  • Charles William (1693–1707)
  • Francis Ernest (1695–1717)
  • Friederike Charlotte
married in 1720 Landgrave Maximilian of Hesse-Kassel (1689–1753)


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