Anna Sibylle of Hanau-Lichtenberg

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Anna Sibylle of Hanau-Lichtenberg
Born16 May 1542
Died5 January 1580(1580-01-05) (aged 37)
Noble family House of Hanau
Spouse(s)Louis of Fleckenstein-Dagstuhl
Father Philipp IV, Count of Hanau-Lichtenberg
Mother Eleonore of Fürstenberg

Countess Anna Sibylle of Hanau-Lichtenberg (16 May 1542 – 5 January 1580 [1] ) was a German noblewoman. She was born in Lichtenberg, the eldest surviving daughter of Count Philipp IV (20 May 1512 – 19 February 1590) and his wife, Countess Eleonore of Fürstenberg (11 October 1523 – 26 April 1544).

Lichtenberg, Bas-Rhin Commune in Grand Est, France

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Eleonore of Fürstenberg was a daughter of Count Frederick III of Fürstenberg. Eleanore was a convinced Protestant. However, she had little influence on the change of denomination in Hanau-Lichtenberg, due to her untimely death.


Marriage and issue

Anna Sibylle married on 12 October 1562 [2] to Louis of Fleckenstein-Dagstuhl (1542-1577). They had a son: Philipp Wolfgang of Fleckenstein-Dagstuhl (d. 1618).

Anna Sibylle of Hanau-Lichtenberg
∞ Louis of Fleckenstein-Dagstuhl

Philip Wolfgang of Fleckenstein-Dagstuhl (d. 1618)
∞ 1 Alexandra of Rappoltstein (15 March 1565 – 9 April 1610)
Georg II of Fleckenstein-Dagstuhl (1588-1644), regent of Hanau, last of the Fleckenstein-Dagstuhl line
∞ 2 Maria Magdalena of Hohensachsen (d. after 1628)


This marriage proved to be important to the history of the House of Hanau and the counties of Hanau-Münzenberg and Hanau-Lichtenberg, because her grandson Georg II of Fleckenstein-Dagstuhl played a major role during the final phase of the Thirty Years' War. He acted as regent for the underage count Friedrich Casimir, Count of Hanau-Lichtenberg, Hanau-Lichtenberg from 1641 to 1647 and in Hanau-Münzneberg from 1642 to 1647. Georg II achieved the reunification of the two parts of Hanau, despite resistance of the Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, who was the liege lord of Hanau-Münzenberg.

The County of Hanau-Münzenberg was a territory within the Holy Roman Empire. It emerged when the County of Hanau was divided in 1458, the other part being the county of Hanau-Lichtenberg. Due to common heirs both counties were merged from 1642 to 1685 and from 1712 to 1736. In 1736 the last member of the House of Hanau died and the Landgrave of Hessen-Kassel inherited the county.

The County of Hanau-Lichtenberg was a territory in the Holy Roman Empire. It emerged between 1456–80 from a part of the County of Hanau and one half of the Barony of Lichtenberg. Following the extinction of the counts of Hanau-Lichtenberg in 1736 it went to Hesse-Darmstadt, minor parts of it to the Hesse-Cassel. Its centre was in the lower Alsace, the capital first Babenhausen, later Buchsweiler.

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  1. This is according to Freitag von Loringhoven, vol. 3, table 85: Hanau-Lichtenberg; Morhardt says she died on 23 March 1612, without naming his source
  2. Hesse State Archive in Marburg, file 81: Government Hanau, item 12.6f