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Maria Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp

Landgravine of hesse-darmstadt
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AKA Maria Elisabetta di Holstein-Gottorp
Date of birth Gottorf Castle, Schleswig, Schleswig-Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein
Date of death Jun 17, 1665 Darmstadt, Darmstadt Government Region, Hesse, Germany
Mother: Duchess Marie Elisabeth of Saxony
Brother(s): Christian Albert Duke of Holstein-Gottorp August Frederick of Holstein-Gottorp
Children: Magdalena Sibylla of Hesse-Darmstadt Marie Elisabeth of Hesse-Darmstadt Auguste Magdalene of Hessen-Darmstadt Louis VII, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt Sophie Marie of Hesse-Darmstadt
Sister(s): Hedvig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp Sophie Augusta of Holstein-Gottorp Augusta Maria di Holstein-Gottorp Magdalene Sibylle of Holstein-Gottorp
Spouse: Louis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
Father: Frederick III, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp
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Maria Elisabeth of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp (6 June 1634, Gottorp Castle – 17 June 1665, Darmstadt), was by marriage landgravine of Hesse-Darmstadt


Mary Elizabeth was a daughter of the Frederick III of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp (1597–1659) from his marriage to Duchess Marie Elisabeth of Saxony (1610–1684), a daughter of John George I, Elector of Saxony.

She married on 24 November 1650 at Gottorp Castle, Louis, who later became Louis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (1630–1678), whom she had engaged on his birthday in 1649. On the occasion of the wedding, the last sword dance in Hesse was performed at a festival in Lollar.

His father drew Louis into the government business in the year after their marriage in 1651. Louis succeeded his father in 1661. Louis tied extensive political relations with Sweden via Maria Elizabeth's sister Hedvig Eleonora, Queen of Sweden. Marie Elisabeth had eight children; she died in 1665 in child birth. Her death plunged Louis into deep mourning. He wrote some poems in memory of his wife.


From her marriage, Marie Elisabeth had the following children:

married in 1673 Duke William Louis of Württemberg (1647–1677)
  • Sophie Eleonore (born and died 1653)
  • George (1654–1655)
  • Marie Elisabeth (1656–1715)
married in 1676 Duke Henry of Saxe-Römhild (1650–1710)
married in 1681 Duke Christian of Saxe-Eisenberg (1653–1707)
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