Princess Dorothea Charlotte of Brandenburg-Ansbach

Dorothea Charlotte of Brandenburg-Ansbach (28 November 1661 – 15 November 1705) 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 of Brandenburg-Ansbach
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Born(1661-11-28)28 November 1661
Died15 November 1705(1705-11-15) (aged 43)
City Church, Darmstadt
SpouseErnest Louis
IssueDorothea Sophie
Louis VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
Charles William
Francis Ernest
Friederike Charlotte
FatherAlbert of Brandenburg-Ansbach
MotherSophia Margaret of Oettingen-Oettingen


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)
married in 1717 Countess Charlotte of Hanau-Lichtenberg (1700–1726)
married in 1720 Landgrave Maximilian of Hesse-Kassel (1689–1753)



Title last held by
Elisabeth Dorothea of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg
Landgravine consort of Hesse-Darmstadt
Title next held by
Countess Palatine Caroline of Zweibrücken