Clovis of Hessen-Philippsthal-Barchfeld

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Clovis of Hessen-Philippsthal-Barchfeld

Chlodwig Alexis Ernst von Hessen-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (born July 30, 1876 in Burgsteinfurt , † November 17, 1954 in Bad Hersfeld ) from the House of Hessen was titular Landgrave of Hessen-Philippsthal-Barchfeld .


Chlodwig was born in 1876 as the second child of Prince Wilhelm von Hessen-Philippsthal-Barchfeld and Princess Juliane zu Bentheim-Steinfurt . He grew up in the city ​​palace of Rotenburg an der Fulda . At the age of 29 he became the sole heir of his childless deceased uncle, Landgrave Alexis von Hessen-Philippsthal-Barchfeld (1829-1905), as head of the Hessen-Philippsthal-Barchfeld line and on his estates in Herleshausen and Barchfeld . In 1925 he inherited his unmarried and childless uncle Ernst , the last representative of the Hessen-Philippsthal line , and thus became heir not only of his property in Philippsthal , but also of the family entourage of the two Philippsthal lines previously held jointly by the two uncles , the Was set up in 1880 and the u. a. the City Palace Hanau , the Rotenburg Palace and the Schönfeld Palace in Kassel included.

Clovis served in the Prussian Army , most recently as a lieutenant colonel . Since July 7, 1907, he was holder of the Grand Cross of the Red Eagle Order .


On May 26, 1904, he married Princess Caroline von Solms-Hohensolms-Lich, daughter of Prince Hermann , in her hometown of Lich . The couple had five children:

⚭ 1933 Princess Marianne of Prussia, daughter of Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia
  • Ernst Ludwig (1906–1934),
  • Irene (1907–1980),
  • Alexander Friedrich (1911–1939),
  • Viktoria Cäcilie (1914-1998).

In the early 1930s, three of the children (Wilhelm, Alexander Friedrich and Viktoria Cäcilie) joined the NSDAP . Alexander Friedrich, who suffered from epilepsy , was sterilized by the Nazis on September 27, 1938, and died a year later. The eldest son, Wilhelm, died as Hauptsturmführer of the Waffen SS in World War II .

Clovis died in Bad Hersfeld at the age of 78. He was survived by his wife and two daughters. His grandson Wilhelm followed him as head of the Hessen-Philippsthal line.


  • Jonathan Petropoulos: Royals and the Reich. The Princes of Hessen in Nazi Germany. Oxford University Press, 2006, ISBN 0-19-920377-6 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Military weekly paper . No. 83 of July 2, 1907, p. 1909.
  2. Jonathan Petropoulos: Royals and the Reich. The Princes of Hessen in Nazi Germany. Oxford University Press 2006, pp. 381-382.
predecessor Office successor
Alexis (Titular) Landgrave of Hessen-Philippsthal-Barchfeld