Anna of Nassau-Dillenburg

Anna of Nassau-Dillenburg (c. 1441–1514) was a Flemish-German philanthropist.

Anna of Nassau-Dillenburg
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Anna of Nassau-Dillenburg
Bornc. 1441
Died(1514-04-08)8 April 1514
Celle
Noble familyNassau
Spouse(s)Otto V, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Philip I, Count of Katzenelnbogen
FatherJohn IV, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg
MotherMaria of Loon-Heinsberg

Anna was the eldest daughter of John IV, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg, and his wife Maria, the daughter of John II, Lord of Jülich, Heinsberg and Löwenberg.[1] Anna was married firstly (1467) to Otto V 'the Magnanimous,' Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg. With Otto's early death (1471), her father-in-law, the elderly Duke Frederick acted as guardian of her son, Duke Henry I (1468–1532). Anna remarried (1474) to Philip I, Count of Katzenelnbogen (1402–1479), as his second wife, and went to reside under his roof. After Philip's death, the duchess returned to Celle in Brunswick, where she was appointed as guardian to her son after the death of his aged grandfather. Anna founded and established the hospital of St Anne in the suburbs of the town of Celle. She died there aged 72 on 8 April 1514.

ReferencesEdit

  • Sir Andrew Halliday, A History of the House of Brunswick (1826)
  1. ^ Christoph Jacob Kremer: Geschichte der Herren von Heinsberg des jüngern Geschlechts im Herzogthum Gülch, einer besondern Linie des Grävlich Sponheimischen Hauses in der Pfalz. In: Akademische Beiträge zur Gülch- und Bergischen Geschichte, Erster Band. Mannheim mit Akademischen Schriften, 1769, p. 92 ff.