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Henry Casimir I of Nassau-Dietz (21 January 1612 – 13 July 1640) was count of Nassau-Dietz and Stadtholder of Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe.

Henry Casimir I, Count of Nassau-Dietz
Count of Nassau-Dietz
Hendrik Casimir I van Nassau.jpg
Henry Casimir I of Nassau-Dietz
Period1632–1640
PredecessorErnst Casimir
SuccessorWillem Frederik
Born(1612-01-21)21 January 1612
Arnhem
Died13 July 1640(1640-07-13) (aged 28)
Hulst
BuriedGrote of Jacobijnerkerk in Leeuwarden
FatherErnst Casimir of Nassau-Dietz
MotherSophia Hedwig of Brunswick-Lüneburg

LifeEdit

He was born in Arnhem, the eldest son of Ernst Casimir of Nassau-Dietz and Sophia Hedwig of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and, like his father, died in battle. On 12 July 1640, he was wounded in Sint Jansteen at the battle of Hulst. He died the next day. Hendrik Casimir is buried in Leeuwarden, and was succeeded in his titles by William Frederick, Prince of Nassau-Dietz. His death at Hulst, aged 28, caused a series of memorials to his name and the battle in which he died. The Rijksmuseum keeps a blood-stained shirt in the collection supposedly worn by him when he was wounded. Similarly, the bullet hole in his father's hat is also kept there for posterity.[1]

AncestorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ bullet-hole hat in Rijksmuseum

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Henry Casimir I of Nassau-Dietz
Born: 21 January 1612  Died: 13 July 1640
Political offices
Preceded by
Ernest Casimir I
Stadtholder of Friesland, Groningen and Drenthe
1632–1640
Succeeded by
William Frederick
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Ernest Casimir I
Count of Nassau-Dietz
1632–1640
Succeeded by
William Frederick