Dorothea of Brandenburg, Duchess of Mecklenburg

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Dorothea of Brandenburg
Spouse(s) Henry IV, Duke of Mecklenburg
Father Frederick I, Elector of Brandenburg
Mother Elisabeth of Bavaria-Landshut
Born (1420-02-09)9 February 1420
Berlin
Died 19 January 1491(1491-01-19) (aged 70)
Benedictine monastery at Rehna
Buried Gadebusch

Dorothea of Brandenburg (9 February 1420, Berlin – 19 January 1491, Benedictine monastery at Rehna) was a princess of Brandenburg by birth and by marriage Duchess of Mecklenburg.

Life[edit]

Dorothea was a daughter of the Elector Frederick I of Brandenburg (1371–1440) from his marriage to Elisabeth (1383–1442), daughter of Duke Frederick of Bayern-Landshut. Elizabeth's brothers were Electors Frederick II and Albert Achilles, who successively ruled Brandenburg.

In May 1432, Dorothea married Duke Henry IV of Mecklenburg (1417–1477). She received as dowry Dömitz and Gorlosen, which her sister Margaret had also received when she married into the House of Mecklenburg. Margaret's husband, Ernest Louis, however, had died shortly after the marriage.[1] When a dispute arose later between Brandenburg and Mecklenburg about the inheritance of the principality of Wenden, the family ties between Duke Henry and Elector Frederick made it easier to reach a settlement.

Henry IV died in 1477. After 1485 Dorothea lived, she lived as a nun in the Rehna convent.[2] She died in 1491 and was buried in the City Church of St. James' Church and St. Dionysius in Gadebusch. Her grave stone is marked with an incised drawing of the Duchess as a nun, crowned by a canopy.

Issue[edit]

From her marriage with Henry, Dorothy had the following children:

  • Albert VI (1438–1483), Duke of Mecklenburg
married in 1466 or 1468 Countess Catherine of Lindau-Ruppin († 1485)
  • John VI († 1474), Duke of Mecklenburg
  • Magnus II (1441–1503), Duke of Mecklenburg
married in 1478 princess Sophie of Pomerania (1460-1504)
  • Catherine (1442-1451/52)
  • Anna (1447–1464)
  • Elisabeth (1449–1506), abbess of Ribnitz
  • Balthasar (1451–1507), Duke of Mecklenburg, coadjutor in the diocese of Schwerin until 1479

References[edit]

  • Carl Friedrich Goeschel: Elisabeth, die erste Kurfürstin von Brandenburg aus dem Hause Hohenzollern, Mittler, 1844, p. 35
  • Samuel Buchholtz: Versuch einer Geschichte der Churmarck Brandenburg, F. W. Birnstiel, 1767, p. 39
This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Ludwig Ernst Hahn: Kurfürst Friedrich der Erste von Brandenburg, Burggraf zu Nürnberg, der Ahnherr des preußischen Königshauses, Hertz, 1859, S. 210
  2. ^ http://fmg.ac/Projects/MedLands/MECKLENBURG.htm