Christian, Count of Waldeck

Christian, Count of Waldeck
Spouse(s) Elisabeth of Nassau
Noble family House of Waldeck
Father Josias I, Count of Waldeck
Mother Marie of Barby
Born (1585-12-25)25 December 1585
Died 31 December 1637(1637-12-31) (aged 52)
Buried Marienthal Abbey, Netze (now part of Waldeck)

Christian, Count of Waldeck (25 December 1585 in Eisenberg 31 December 1637 in Waldeck), was Count of Waldeck-Wildungen and also imperial chamberlain.


Christian was the son of Count Josias I of Waldeck-Eisenberg (1554-1588) and his wife Marie of Barby (1563-1619). He was guardian for his nephew Simon Louis (1627-1631) and later for his nephew's son Simon Philip (1636-1637) in the County of Lippe.

He loved the arts and sciences, and was kind to all scholars. He loved the Word of God and diligently supported churches, schools and hospitals provided and promised that he would eagerly stay with the Protestant religion. But after all, he could not resist the insistence of the clergy, and in 1630 he gave the order to apply extreme measures eradicate the 'vice that is magic'
Klettenberg, Eichler, p. 123

Christian died in 1637 and was succeeded as Count of Waldeck-Wildungen by his son Philip VII. His younger son John became Count of Waldeck-Landau as John II.

Witch Trials

Christian I, Count of Waldeck was responsible for the particularly violent series of witch trials in Wildungen, which began in 1629. Until 1632, the trials cost the lives of 29 victims, including Elisabeth Kotzenberg, the wife of Günther Samuel, who was Christian's secretary. She was tortured and died at City Hall on 3 July 1630.

Marriage and issue

On 18 November 1604, he married Countess Elisabeth (1584-1661), daughter of Count John VII of Nassau and his wife Magdalena of Waldeck-Wildungen. Christian and Elisabeth had 16 children:


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