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Henry III, Landgrave of Upper Hesse

German noble
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Date of birth
Date of death Jan 13, 1483 Marburg, Marburg-Biedenkopf, Giessen Government Region, Hesse
Family
Children: Elisabeth of Hesse-Marburg William III, Landgrave of Hesse Matilda of Hesse Ludwig III, Landgrave of Upper Hesse
Father: Louis I, Landgrave of Hesse
Brother(s): Hermann IV of Hesse Louis II Landgrave of Lower Hesse
Mother: Anna of Saxony, Landgravine of Hesse
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Biography

Henry III, Landgrave of Upper Hesse, called "the Rich" (15 October 1440 – 13 January 1483) was the second son of Louis I of Hesse and his wife Anna of Saxony.

Upon the death of his father Louis I in 1458, Henry received Upper Hesse and his brother Louis II received Lower Hesse. He succeeded to the title of Landgrave of Hesse-Marburg in 1458. His nickname "the Rich" is indicative of his fortune in territory and tolls on the Rhine received by his marriage to Anna, daughter and heir of Philipp, the last Count of Katzenelnbogen and his wife Anne of Württemberg.

Children

His daughter Elisabeth (1466–1523) would go on to marry Johann V of Nassau-Vianden-Dietz and they would become grandparents to William the Silent. His younger daughter, Mathilde (1473–1524), would go on to marry John II, Duke of Cleves and they would become grandparents to Queen Anne of Cleves. Henry's only son to reach adulthood succeeded as William III (Wilhelm III, Landgraf von Hessen-Marburg) (1471–1500). In 1498, William ΙΙΙ married Elisabeth, the daughter of Philip, Elector Palatine. William ΙΙΙ left no legitimate heir and the title passed to his cousin, William II, Landgrave of Hesse, son of Louis II, Landgrave of Lower Hesse.

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