Today in History - January 29th. 1602 - Countess Amalie Elisabeth of Hanau-Münzenberg

On January 29th. 1602 the birth of Countess Amalie Elisabeth of
Hanau-Münzenberg took place.

Amalie Elisabeth of Hanau-Münzenberg - Source picture: Wikipedia


Her parents were Philip Louis II, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg and
Countess Catharina Belgica of Nassau.

Countess Amalie Elisabeth was through her mother a granddaughter
of William the Silent. Via her mother's numerous siblings,
Amalie Elisabeth even was related to many of the noble
Houses of Europe.

In 1619, Amalie Elisabeth married Landgrave William V of Hesse-Kassel.
They would have 14 children. In 1627 William became the ruler of
Hesse-Kassel.

During the Thirty Years' War, William fought on the Portestant side,
however later he was defeated by the Emperor's troops.

Troughout his flight, William and Amalie Elisabeth had to
leave their little daughters: Amalia, Charlotte and Elisabeth behind in
Kassel. Amalie Elisabeth only saw her daughters again three years later.

In 1637, William V of Hesse-Kassel died and Amalie Elisabeth ran the
government until William VI (their son)  reached his adulthood. This
was in 1650.

Amalie Elisabeth proved to be a skilled and an energetic regent. She preserved
and consolidated the Landgraviate for her son.

Countess Amalie Elisabeth of Hanau-Münzenberg died  on August 8th. 1651
in Kassel.