|Christine of Hesse|
|Duchess of Holstein-Gottorp|
|Born||29 June 1543|
|Died||13 May 1604 (aged 60)|
|Noble family||House of Hesse|
|Spouse(s)||Adolf, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp|
|Father||Philip I, Landgrave of Hesse|
|Mother||Christine of Saxony|
Christine was born in Kassel as a daughter of Landgrave Philip I of Hesse and his spouse Christine of Saxony. She was given a strict Protestant upbringing by her aunt Elizabeth, Dowager Duchess of Saxony.
Christine received a proposal from King Eric XIV of Sweden, but this did not come about. Her wedding celebration resulted in a scandal, when the guests at the wedding reception consumed too much alcohol. In 1565, the Gottorf Castle was destroyed by fire, which cost her her personal possessions.
As duchess, Christine supported churches and schools and scholarships to poor students in theology. She was interested in medicine, and also manufactured her own medicines.
As a widow after 1586, Christine defended the rights of her son Philip against the council.
Christine composed the psalm-book Geistliche Psalmen und Lieder (1590).
On 17 December 1564 Christine was married to Duke Adolf of Holstein-Gottorp and had the following children:
|Ancestors of Christine of Hesse|
Christine of HesseBorn: 29 June 1543 Died: 13 May 1604
| Duchess Consort of Holstein-Gottorp
Augusta of Denmark