Louis the Junker

Louis the Junker of Hesse (1305 – 2 February 1345) was a German nobleman. He was the third son of Landgrave Otto I of Hesse and his wife Adelheid, a daughter of Otto III of Ravensberg.

Louis the Junker
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Died(1345-02-02)2 February 1345
Noble familyHouse of Hesse
Spouse(s)Elisabeth of Sponheim-Kreuznach
FatherOtto I, Landgrave of Hesse
MotherAdelheid of Ravensberg


In 1326, Otto I and his wife visited Pope John XXII in Avignon with a large retinue. During that visit, John XXII promised that Louis would receive a prebendary. However, Louis refused to remain celibate, and renounced his ecclesiastical career.

In 1328, his father died and his elder brother Henry II inherited the Landgraviate. Louis received an apanage, consisting of castle and district of Grebenstein.

Louis died in 1345. His brother Henry II decided in 1367, after his own son Otto had died in the spring, to adopt Louis's son Herman II as his co-ruler and heir.

Marriage and issueEdit

On 15 October 1340, Louis married Elisabeth (or Elise), a daughter of Count Simon II of Sponheim-Kreuznach. She was the widow of the Swabian Count Rudolph I of Hohenberg, who had died in 1336. Louis and Elisabeth had three children:


  • Eckhart G. Franz: Das Haus Hessen, Kohlhammer Verlag: Urban, Stuttgart, 2005, ISBN 978-3-17-018919-5, p. 23–25