Charles, Landgrave of Hesse-Wanfried

Charles, Landgrave of Hesse-Wanfried
Spouse(s) Sophie Magdalene of Salm-Reifferscheid
Alexandrine Juliane of Leiningen-Dagsburg
Noble family House of Hesse
Father Ernest, Landgrave of Hesse-Rheinfels
Mother Maria Eleonore of Solms-Lich
Born (1649-07-19)19 July 1649
Rheinfels Castle
Died 3 March 1711(1711-03-03) (aged 61)
Bad Schwalbach

Charles of Hesse-Wanfried (born: 19 July 1649 at Rheinfels Castle; died: 3 March 1711 in Schwalbach), was a Landgrave of Hesse-Wanfried. He was the second son of Landgrave Ernest of Hesse-Rheinfels and Maria Eleonore of Solms-Lich.


After an inheritance dispute about the "Rotenburg Quarter", Charles received Hesse-Eschwege in 1667. He moved to Wanfried and founded the Catholic line of Hesse-Wanfried. He used the castle in Wanfried as his residence, because the castle in Eschwege had been pledged to Brunswick-Bevern, also in 1667.


Charles's first wife was Sophie Magdalene, a daughter of Count Eric Adolph of Salm-Reifferscheid and his wife Magdalene. Sophie Magdalene died in 1675 during a trip to Venice. Charles then married Alexandrine Juliane, a daughter of Count Emich XIII of Leiningen and the widow of Landgrave George III of Hesse-Itter-Vöhl. She died on 19 April 1703 and was buried in the family vault in the Hülfensberg in Wanfried.

Death and heir

Charles died in 1711 and was succeeded as Landgrave of Hesse-Wanfried by his son William II. After William's death in 1731, he was succeeded by his half-brother Christian, who died childless in 1755, thereby ending the Hessen-Wanfried line.


From his marriage to Sophie Magdalene:

From his marriage to Alexandrine Juliane:


Charles, Landgrave of Hesse-Wanfried
Born: 19 July 1649 Died: 3 March 1711
Preceded by
as Landgrave of
Landgrave of Hesse-Wanfried
Succeeded by
William II
as Landgrave of
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