Anna of Veldenz

This article is about the Margravine of Baden-Durlach. For her great-great-grandmother, see Anna of Veldenz, Countess Palatine of Simmern-Zweibrücken.
Anna of Veldenz

Anna of Veldenz - Margravine of Baden-Durlach
Spouse(s) Charles II, Margrave of Baden-Durlach
Noble family House of Wittelsbach
Father Rupert, Count Palatine of Veldenz
Mother Ursula of Salm-Kyrburg
Born (1540-11-12)12 November 1540
Died 30 March 1586(1586-03-30) (aged 45)

Countess Palatine Anna of Veldenz (12 November 1540 – 30 March 1586) was born a countess of Palatinate-Veldenz and, by marriage, Margravine of Baden-Durlach. From 1577 to 1584 she was involved in the guardianship and regency of the Margraviate of Baden-Durlach.


Anna was the eldest child of the Count Palatine Rupert of Veldenz (1506–1544) from his marriage to Ursula (1515–1601), daughter of Wild- and Rhinegrave John VII of Salm-Kyrburg.

She married Charles II, Margrave of Baden-Durlach on the first of August 1558 in Heidelberg; it was his second marriage. Like her husband, Anna held a Lutheran faith and the children from both his marriages were also raised as Lutherans.

When her husband died, his sons were still minors. Therefore, she acted as guardian and regent from 1577 until her son Ernest Frederick came of age in 1584. Her co-regents were Elector Palatine Louis VI and Duke Louis "the Pious" of Württemberg. In 1584, Baden-Durlach was split: her eldest son Ernest Frederick, received the largest part and became Margrave of Baden-Durlach. Her second son James received Baden-Hachberg and had his residence at Emmendingen. He converted to Catholicism in 1590 and reverted his territory to the Catholic faith. However, a short while later, he died of arsenic poisoning and Baden-Hachberg fell to his brother Ernest Frederick.

When Ernest Frederick died in 1604, all parts of Baden were reunited under his brother George Frederick.

Margravine Anna's young chaplain John Zehender was responsible for her pastoral care in the last years of her life and held an impressive funeral sermon on 5 April 1586.


From her marriage Anna had the following children:

married in 1575 with Duke Louis of Württemberg (1554–1593)
married in 1585 Princess Anna of East Frisia (1562–1621)
married in 1584 with Countess Elizabeth of Culemborg-Pallandt (1567–1620)
married firstly, in 1592, Wild- and Rhinegravine Juliane Ursula of Salm-Neufville (1572–1614)
married secondly, in 1614, Countess Agathe of Erbach (1581–1621)
married thirdly, in 1621, in a morganatic marriage, Elizabeth Stotz (d. 1652)



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Anna of Veldenz
Born: 12 November 1540 Died: 30 March 1586
Preceded by
Charles II
Regent of the Magraviate of Baden-Durlach
Succeeded by
Ernest Frederick
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