Hedwig of Brandenburg

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Hedwig of Brandenburg
Hedwig of Brandenburg
Spouse(s) Otto II, Margrave of Meissen
Noble family House of Ascania
Father Albert I, Margrave of Brandenburg
Mother Sophie of Winzenburg
Born c. 1140
Died End of March 1203
Buried Altzella Abbey

Hedwig of Brandenburg (born: 1140; died: end of March 1203) was a Margravine of Brandenburg by birth and by marriage Margravine of Meissen.


Hedwig was born in 1140 as a daughter of Albert I of Brandenburg and his wife, Sophie of Winzenburg. At the age of 15, she married Margrave Otto II of Meissen, a member of the House of Wettin.


Little is known about her life. In 1162, she initiated the founding of the Cistercian monastery Altzella Abbey near Nossen. This would provide the Margraves of Meissen with bailiwick rights over the location where they buried deceased family members and erected momrials. Altzella was, due to its location, also an important starting point of residential development in Meissen.

Hedwig has been described as generally a strong woman, who exerted a significant influence on her husband. It was alleged that she was the one that convinced him to alter the order of succession, so that her husband would not be succeeded by his eldest son Albrecht, as normal, but by his youngest son Dietrich. Albert did not accept this change and started a war against his father and brother. In 1189, he even took his father prisoner. The conflict ended when Albert died in 1195.


Hedwig died in late March 1203 and was buried on 1 April 1203 in Altzella Abbey, alongside her husband, who had died in 1190.


Hedwig was married to Margrave Otto II of Meissen. They had four children:

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This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.