Dorothea Sophia, Abbess of Quedlinburg

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Dorothea Sophia
Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg
Reign 21 April 1618 - 10 February 1645
Predecessor Dorothea
Successor Anna Sophia I
House House of Wettin
Father Friedrich Wilhelm I, Duke of Saxe-Weimar
Mother Sophie of Württemberg
Born 19 December 1587
Died 10 February 1645
Quedlinburg Abbey
Religion Lutheran

Duchess Dorothea Sophia of Saxe-Altenburg (19 December 1587 – 10 February 1645) was Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg.

She was the fourth child and second daughter of Friedrich Wilhelm I, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, and his first wife, Sophie of Württemberg.


On 21 April 1618, Dorothea Sophia was elected successor to Princess-Abbess Dorothea. Her election was approved by Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor.

During her reign, Quedlinburg was devastated by the Thirty Years' War. Unlike her predecessors, Princess-Abbess Dorothea Sophia often confronted John George I, Elector of Saxony.

Religious policy[edit]

Dorothea Sophia prohibited her clergy to deny absolution to a person who made a genuine and contrite confession. However, if the same parishioners repeated the sin, they were to face increased degree of severity and finally be referred to her consistory. She proscribed that these parishioners would not be able to serve as godparents, nor be buried according to tradition or within consecrated ground. These decisions were a lot like the previous Catholic practice. She also took measures to prevent secret engagements, declaring that every engagement has to be witnessed by three men and publicly announced.[1]



  1. ^ Karant-Nunn, Susan C. (1997). The Reformation of ritual: an interpretation of early modern Germany. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-11337-7. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 

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Dorothea Sophia
Born: 19 December 1587 Died: 10 February 1645
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg
21 April 1618 - 10 February 1645
Succeeded by
Anna Sophia I