William VII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel

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William VII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel
Born (1651-06-21)21 June 1651
Died 21 November 1670(1670-11-21) (aged 19)
Buried Martinskirche, Kassel
Noble family House of Hesse
Father William VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel
Mother Hedwig Sophie of Brandenburg

William VII of Hesse-Kassel (21 June 1651 - 21 November 1670) was Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel.


William was the eldest son of Landgrave William VI of Hesse-Kassel and his wife, Hedwig Sophie of Brandenburg. William VII inherited the landgraviate when his father died in 1663. Since he was still a minor, his mother became regent.

William was engaged with his cousin Maria Amalia of Courland, the daughter of Jacob of Courland (her mother was the sister of William's mother). After the engagement, he embarked on his Grand Tour to the Netherlands, England and France. In Paris, he became very ill with a "fever". The French doctors tried to cure the 19-year-old landgrave with laxatives, emetics, enemas and bloodletting, yet the treatment killed him.

He was buried in the Martinskirche, Kassel. His fiancée married his younger brother and successor, Landgrave Charles.



William VII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel
Born: 21 June 1651 Died: 21 November 1670
Preceded by
Wilhelm VI
Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel
Succeeded by