Philipp Reinhard, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg

Philipp Reinhard of Hanau-Münzenberg (2 August 1664, Bischofsheim am hohen Steg – 4 October 1712, Philippsruhe Castle, Hanau) from 1680 to 1712 in the County of Hanau-Münzenberg.

Philipp Reinhard
Count of Hanau-Münzenberg
Philip Reinhard, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg.jpg
Born(1664-08-02)2 August 1664
Bischofsheim am hohen Steg
Died4 October 1712(1712-10-04) (aged 48)
Philippsruhe Castle, Hanau
Noble familyHouse of Hanau
Spouse(s)Countess Palatine Magdalena Claudia of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld-Bischweiler
Charlotte Wilhelmine of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld
FatherJohann Reinhard II of Hanau-Lichtenberg
MotherAnna Magdalena, Countess Palatine of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld

Childhood and youthEdit

Philipp Reinhard was born in 1664 Bischofsheim am hohen Steg (now Rheinbischofsheim) as a child of Johann Reinhard II of Hanau-Lichtenberg and the Countess Palatine Anna Magdalena of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld. When his father died in 1666, his mother and his uncle Duke Christian II of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld (1654–1717) became guardian for him and his younger brother Johann Reinhard III.

He was educated together with his younger brother Johann Reinhard III, initially in Strasbourg. In 1678, they moved to Babenhausen, where their mother lived at the time. In 1678, they started a Grand Tour to the Alsace, Switzerland and Geneva. In 1680, the travelled for a year in Savoy and Turin, in 1681 to Paris, in 1683 to the Netherlands, England and some French provinces. In early 1684, they were in Milan, from there they went to see the carnival in Venice, followed by a trip to Rome (with audiences with Pope Innocent XII and queen Christina of Sweden), then to Naples, Florence, Modena, Parma and Mantua. In 1686, they visited the imperial court in Vienna and on the way back, they traveled to Bohemia and visited the Electoral Saxon court in Dresden.



Philipp Reinhard came to the throne of Hanau-Münzenberg at the age of 16 on 3 June [O.S. 24 May] 1680. His uncle Friedrich Casimir had financially ruined the county with his escapades and he was overthrown by his family. They put Philipp Reinhard on the throne, but as he was still a minor, his guardians acted as regents until 1687. His younger brother Johann Reinhard III was put on the throne of Hanau-Lichtenberg, which had also been ruined by Friedrich Casimir. The district of Babenhausen was awarded to Hanau-Münzenberg; this decision was confirmed in a treaty in 1691.

Philipp Reinhard came of age in 1687 and began to rule independently. In 1691, Duke Christian II filed his final report on the guardianship. Philipp Reinhard's reign was marked by a thoughtful territorial and fiscal policy that tried to repair the damage done by the Thirty Years' War and the reign of his predecessor.

Foreign policyEdit

In 1692, Philipp Reinhard was elected as the permanent director of the Wetterau Association of Imperial Counts.

In 1704, Philipp Reinhard was made a member of the Order of the Black Eagle by King Friedrich I of Prussia. For the investiture, he had to travel to Berlin, which he did in 1710. In 1711, Emperor Karl VI visited Hanau while travelling to Frankfurt for his coronation.

His territorial policies met with little success. The districts Schwarzenfels and Kellerei with Naumburg Castle had been pledged to Hesse-Kassel. He tried to redeem them and failed. He did manage to redeem some smaller territories, notably Konradsdorf monastery. He exchanged some territory with Isenburg, swapping parts of Hain in Dreieich for a share in Dudenhofen. He also bought the Gronauer Court, which formerly belonged to the Ilbenstadt monastery.

Domestic policyEdit

During his reign, religious refugees migrated into the county, as had happened 100 years earlier during the reign of Count Philipp Ludwig II, especially after Louis XIV had revoked the Edict of Nantes in 1685 and the Waldensians began to be persecuted in Savoy. The refugees were admitted, partly as a humanitarian act and partly to strengthen the county's economic position. The Waldensians only stayed in Hanau temporarily, though.

Elevation to the rank of princeEdit

In the older literature it is repeatedly claimed that Philipp Reinhard would have obtained the rank of Prince. This appears not to be the case. There is no record of such an elevation, neither in the archives of Hanau, which have since been moved to the Hessian State Archive at Marburg, nor in the Austrian House-, Court- and State Archives in Vienna, nor is there a record of any related payments. It has been documented that Philipp Reinhard spent time and expenses to obtain such a title and that he never used one, which would have been a very strange behaviour if he had received it.


Philippsruhe Castle
Frankfurt Gate, west side

In 1701, Philipp Reinhard began the construction of Philippsruhe Castle, which was named after him, in the village of Kesselstadt, to the west of Hanau, just outside the city gate. In 1712, he began the construction of new stables for the City Palace in Hanau (later Hanau's City Hall; today the "Congress Park Hanau"). This project was completed after his death by his brother Johann Reinhard III. Philipp Reinhard was able to complete, during his lifetime, the construction of the college building, which today houses the city library, opposite the City Palace.

Marriage and issueEdit

On 27 February [O.S. 17 February] 1689, Philipp Reinhard married his cousin, Countess Palatine Magdalena Claudia (born: 16 September 1668; died 28 November 1704), the daughter of Duke Christian II of Zweibrücken-Birkenfeld (born: 22 June 1637; died 26 April 1717). Her dowry was 18000guilders. This marriage produced:

  • Stillborn child (1691), buried in the crypt in the Lutheran Church (now called: Old St. Johann's Church) in Hanau[1]
  • Stillborn child (1693)
  • Katharina Magdalene of Hanau (born: 16 June [O.S. 6 June] 1695; died: 19 December  [O.S. 9 December] 1695, buried in the crypt in the Lutheran Church in Hanau[2]

After the death of his first wife, Philipp Reinhard was engaged with Elisabeth Louise Christine of Mauchenheim named Bechtolsheim, a lady in waiting of his first wife. He intended to marry her after she had been elevated to countess. Both his relatives and his councillors opposed the marriage on the grounds that she was of lower birth. He then broke off the engagement and bought her off with money[3]

On 26 December 1705, Philipp Reinhard married Charlotte Wilhelmine (born: 14 June  [O.S. 4 June] 1685; died: 5 April 1767), the daughter of Duke Johann Ernst IV of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Her dowry was also 18000guilders. This second marriage remained childless.


Philipp Reinhard died at his Philippsruhe Castle on 4 October 1712 alone. He was buried in the family vault in the Lutheran Church (now the St. Johann's Church in Hanau. The tomb was destroyed when Hanau bombed during the Second World War. His second wife, Wilhelmine Charlotte, survived him by 55 years.

His younger brother Johann Reinhard III, who had until then ruled the county of Hanau-Lichtenberg, inherited Hanau-Münzenberg. This would be the last time all of Hanau was united in one hand.


Philipp Reinhard, Count of Hanau-Münzenberg
House of Hanau
Born: 2 August 1664  Died: 4 October 1712
Preceded by
Friedrich Casimir
Count of Hanau-Münzenberg
Succeeded by
Johann Reinhard III


  1. ^ Suchier: Grabmonumente, p. 46
  2. ^ Suchier: Grabmonumente, p. 48
  3. ^ Löwenstein, p. 21


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