Anna of Veldenz, Countess Palatine of Simmern-Zweibrücken

Anne of Veldenz (c. 1390 – 18 November 1439 in Wachenheim) was a Countess suo jure of Veldenz. She was a member of the Hohengeroldseck family, the second family to rule Veldenz.

Anna of Veldenz
Countess Anna of Veldenz
Bornc. 1390
Died(1439-11-18)18 November 1439
Noble familyHohengeroldseck
Spouse(s)Stephen, Count Palatine of Simmern-Zweibrücken
FatherFrederick III, Count of Veldenz
MotherMargaret of Nassau-Saarbrücken

Life edit

Anna was the heiress of Frederick III, Count of Veldenz, the last from the Hohengeroldseck family to rule the county, and his wife Margaret of Nassau-Saarbrücken. In 1409, she married Stephen, Count Palatine of Simmern-Zweibrücken, thereby bringing the County of Veldenz into the possession of the Dukes of Palatinate-Zweibrücken. She also brought a 50% share in the County of Sponheim into the marriage. The Counts of Veldenz had acquired this share in 1425, as had been predicted by Count John V of Sponheim-Starkenburg in the 1425 Treaty of Sponheim. Anna's eldest son Frederick I would inherit her share in the County of Sponheim, her son Louis I would inherit the County of Veldenz proper.

In the 19th century, a descendant of Anna became King of Bavaria, which is why the Veldenz lion is now part of the Bavarian coat of arms.

Issue edit

From her marriage with Stephen, Anna had the following children:

  1. Anne (1413 – 12 March 1455)
  2. Margaret (1416 – 23 November 1426)
  3. Frederick I (24 April 1417 – 29 November 1480)
  4. Rupert (1420 – 17 October 1478)
  5. Stephen (1421 – 4 September 1485)
  6. Louis I (1424 – 19 July 1489)
  7. John (1429–1475)