Friedrich Wilhelm I. von Hessen

Friedrich Wilhelm I. von Hessen

Birth
Hanau, Main-Kinzig-Kreis, Hessen, Germany
Death 6 Jan 1875 (aged 72)
Prague, Okres Praha, Prague Capital City, Czech Republic
Burial Kassel, Stadtkreis Kassel, Hessen, Germany
Memorial ID 127259041 · View Source
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Born at Schloss Philippsruhe bei Hanau (Philippsruhe Palace near Hanau).
The last Elector and Prince of Hessen-Kassel from the House of Hessen. His family life, like that of his father before him, was complicated, and his marriage was considered a political, if not a personal, disaster. He fell in love with a married commoner with two children, paid her husband to divorce her, then married her himself. She was Catholic, and considered a bigamist. She converted to the Reformed Church and had another ceremony performed in 1831. Because most European courts refused to accord her status, and because her husband entertained the idea of divorcing her in order to marry again in accord with protocol and provide himself a legal heir, she lived under considerable stress.



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  • Created by: K. C. Mellem
  • Added: 1 Apr 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 127259041
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Friedrich Wilhelm I. von Hessen (20 Aug 1802–6 Jan 1875), Find A Grave Memorial no. 127259041, citing Altstädter Friedhof, Kassel, Stadtkreis Kassel, Hessen, Germany ; Maintained by K. C. Mellem (contributor 47424941) .