Anna Eleonore of Stolberg-Wernigerode

Anna Eleonore of Stolberg-Wernigerode (26 March 1651 - 27 January 1690), was a German regent; Princess of Anhalt-Köthen by marriage to Emmanuel, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen, and regent of Anhalt-Köthen during the minority of her son from 1671 until 1690.

Anna Eleonore of Stolberg-Wernigerode
Princess of Anhalt-Köthen
Born(1651-03-26)26 March 1651
Died27 January 1690(1690-01-27) (aged 38)
BuriedSt. Jacob church in Köthen
Noble familyStolberg
Spouse(s)Emmanuel, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen
FatherHenry Ernest, Count of Stolberg-Wernigerode
MotherAnna Elisabeth of Stolberg

Life Edit

Born in Ilsenburg, she was the second child of Henry Ernest, Count of Stolberg-Wernigerode and Anna Elisabeth of Stolberg.[1][better source needed]

In Ilsenburg on 23 March 1670, Anna Eleonore married Emmanuel, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen. The marriage lasted only eight months, until Emmanuel's death on 8 November.

Regency Edit

Three months pregnant at the time of her husband's death, Anna Eleonore was named regent of the Principality of Anhalt-Köthen until the birth of her child: if it was a boy, he immediately became the new Prince and she kept the regency, but if she gave birth to a girl, the other Anhalt principalities would divided Köthen between them.

On 20 May 1671, Anna Eleonore gave birth a son, Emmanuel Lebrecht who became in the new Prince. Anna Eleonore remained a regent until her death.

Anna Eleonore died in Köthen aged 38. She was buried next to her husband at St. Jakob, Köthen.[2] Because her son was still underage, John George II, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau succeeded her in the regency until 1692, when Emmanuel Lebrecht finally attained his majority and began his independent government.

References Edit

  1. ^ Marek, Miroslav. "Genealogy of the House of Stolberg". Retrieved 19 March 2015.[self-published source]
  2. ^ STOLBERG-WERNIGERODE in: Archived 2014-10-07 at the Wayback Machine [retrieved 19 March 2015].