Anna Luise Föhse

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Anna Luise Föhse, later Countess of Anhalt
Leopold I. and Anna Luise Föhse

Anna Luise Föhse (born March 22, 1677 in Dessau ; † February 5, 1745 ) was the wife of Leopold I of Anhalt-Dessau .


Anna Luise Föhse was the daughter of the Dessau court pharmacist Rudolf Föhse (1646–1693) and his wife Agnes Ohme († 1707). Leopold I married his childhood sweetheart in 1698 shortly after taking over the government. His mother Princess Henriette Catharina von Nassau-Oranien and the bride's father Föhse had prevented the marriage until then because it was considered inappropriate . After paying 92,000 thalers into the imperial box, Anna Luise was made Countess of Anhalt by Emperor Leopold I three years later , and the succession rights of their children were recognized. Princess Anna Luise acted as regent when her husband was on campaigns: In the following years he was only supposed to stay in Dessau temporarily.

Anna Luise got on very well with her mother-in-law and the Prussian royal family. Her career has been the subject of the gossip press and several plays have been written about her life.


  1. Wilhelm Gustav (1699–1737)
  2. Leopold Maximilian (1700–1751), Prussian field marshal
  3. Dietrich (1702–1769), Prussian field marshal
  4. Friedrich Heinrich (1705–1781), Saxon field marshal
  5. Henriette Marie Luise (1707–1707)
  6. Luise (1709-1732)
  7. Moritz (1712–1760), Prussian Field Marshal General
  8. Anna Wilhelmine (1715-1780)
  9. Leopoldine Marie (1716–1782) - married to Friedrich Heinrich von Brandenburg-Schwedt (1709–1788)
  10. Henriette Amalie (1720–1793)

Reverberation in art

Web links

Commons : Anna Luise Föhse  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Corinna Schulz: Of bastards and natural children: the illegitimate offspring of the Mecklenburg dukes 1600-1830 , 2015, p. 327.