BiographyHeinrich XVII. Reuß zu Gera was born 29 December 1530 to Heinrich XIV. Reuß zu Greiz (c1464-1535) and Amalie von Mansfeld zu Vorder-Ort (1506-aft1557) and died 6 April 1572 in Schleiz of unspecified causes. He married Elisabeth Brigitte von Schwarzburg-Leutenberg (?-1564) 1556 . He married Dorothea zu Solms-Laubach-Sonnenwalde (1547-1595) 6 January 1566 in Zeitz. Notable ancestors include Charlemagne (747-814), Henry II of England (1133-1189), William I of England (1027-1087), Hugh Capet (c940-996), Rurik (c832-879), Alfred the Great (849-899). Ancestors are from France, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Czech Republic, Russia, Ukraine, Belgium, Byzantium, Switzerland, Belarus, the Netherlands, Hungary, the Byzantine Empire, Italy.