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William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel

Landgrave of hesse-kassel
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About
AKA Wilhelm VIII von Hessen-Kassel
Date of birth Kassel, Kassel Government Region, Hesse, Germany
Date of death Feb 01, 1760 Rinteln, Schaumburg, Lower Saxony, Germany
Family
Mother: Maria Amalia of Courland
Brother(s): George Charles of Hesse-Kassel Frederick I of Sweden Maximilian of Hesse-Kassel
Children: Frederick II, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel
Sister(s): Sophie Charlotte of Hesse-Kassel Landgravine Marie Louise of Hesse-Kassel
Spouse: Dorothea Wilhelmine of Saxe-Zeitz
Father: Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel
Awards Order of the White Eagle
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Biography

William VIII (10 March 1682 – 1 February 1760) ruled the German Landgraviate Hesse-Kassel from 1730 until his death, first as regent (1730–1751) and then as landgrave (1751–1760).

Life

Born in Kassel, he was the seventh son of Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel and Maria Amalia of Courland. After his elder brother Frederick became King of Sweden in 1720 and his father died in 1730, he became de facto ruler of Hesse-Kassel. He officially became landgrave after his brother's death on 25 March 1751.

Five years later, the Seven Years' War began and William joined with the Prussian and British forces. Hesse-Kassel became an important battlefield and was occupied by France on several occasions. He had a deep, personal friendship with Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, and Roman-German emperor Charles VII.

His second son and successor, Frederick, became a Catholic, which led to restrictions on Catholicism in the Calvinist landgraviate and the transfer of the Principality of Hanau to his Protestant son William.

During his reign, William started building Schloss Wilhelmsthal in Calden and collected paintings, including works by Rembrandt.

Family

In 1717, William married Dorothea Wilhelmina (20 March 1691 – 17 March 1743), eldest daughter of Maurice William, Duke of Saxe-Zeitz.
They had three children: Charles (21 August 1718 – 17 October 1719); Frederick, his successor; and Maria Amalia (7 July 1721 – 19 November 1744). He died at Rinteln in 1760.

Ancestry

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