Christopher, Duke of Brunswick-Harburg

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Christopher, Duke of Brunswick-Harburg
Spouse(s) Elisabeth of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Noble family House of Guelph
Father Otto II, Duke of Brunswick-Harburg
Mother Hedwig of East Frisia
Born (1570-08-21)21 August 1570
Died 7 July 1606(1606-07-07) (aged 35)

Christopher, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg-Harburg, also known as Christoph or Christoffel (21 August 1570 in Harburg – 7 July 1606 in Harburg) was Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg-Harburg.


Christopher was a son of Duke Otto II of Brunswick-Harburg (1528-1603) from his second marriage with Hedwig (1535-1616), daughter of Count Enno II of East Frisia. His motto was Consilio et armis ("By counsel and weapons").[1]

After his father's death, he took over the government of Harburg jointly with his brother William Augustus. In January 1604, the city of Harburg paid homage to the brothers.

On 28 October 1604 in Harburg, Christopher married Elisabeth (1567-1618), the daughter of Duke Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel and widow of Count Adolf XI of Schaumburg. The marriage remained childless.

Christopher died two years later, in 1606, after a fall in Harburg Castle. As the eldest brother, John Frederick (1557-1619) had waived his right to govern, the youngest brother Otto III, took Christopher's position as co-ruler.[2]



  • August B. Michaelis and Julius Wilhelm Hamberger: Einleitung zu einer volständigen Geschichte der Chur- und Fürstlichen Häuser in Teutschland, Meyer, 1759, vol. 1, p. 120 ff
  • Vaterländisches Archiv für hannoverisch-braunschweigische Geschichte, Herold & Wahlstab, 1835, p. 400 ff, Online


  1. ^ Max Löbe: Walsprüche: Devisen und Sinnsprüche, BiblioBazaar, LLC, 2009, S. 64
  2. ^ Johann Heinrich Christian von Selchow: Grundriss einer pragmatischen Geschichte des Hauses Braunschweig-Lüneburg, 1767, p. 295
Christopher, Duke of Brunswick-Harburg
Born: 21 August 1570 Died: 7 July 1606
Preceded by
Otto II
Lord of Harburg
With: William Augustus
Succeeded by
William Augustus
and Otto III