Magdalene Sibylle of Holstein-Gottorp

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Magdalene Sibylle of Holstein-Gottorp
Magdalena Sibylle von Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorf.jpg
Magdalene Sibylle of Holstein-Gottorp
Spouse(s) Gustav Adolph, Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
Noble family House of Oldenburg
Father Frederick III, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp
Mother Duchess Marie Elisabeth of Saxony
Born 1631
Gottorp Castle
Died 1719
Güstrow

Magdalene Sibylle of Holstein-Gottorp (also spelled Magdalena Sibylla; 1631 at Gottorp Castle – 1719 in Güstrow) was a Duchess of Hostein-Gottorp by birth and by marriage Duchess of Mecklenburg-Güstrow. From 1654 to 1695, she was the consort of Duke Gustav Adolph of Mecklenburg-Güstrow.

Background[edit]

Magdalene Sybille was the daughter of Duke Frederick III of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp (1597-1659) and his wife Marie Elisabeth of Saxony (1610-1684).

Widowhood[edit]

After her husband's death, she remained a widow for 26 years. She retained a small court in Güstrow. However, after the Mecklenburg-Güstrow line of Dukes had died out, the court in Güstrow lost its former glory and significance.

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 28 December 1654, she married Gustav Adolph, the ruling Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow. They had eleven children but no surviving male heirs. This leads to a succession dispute that was settled by the Partition of Hamburg (1701), which redivided the interior of the Duchy of Mecklenburg among the surviving lines.

  • John (2 December 1655 – 6 February 1660)
  • Eleanor (1 June 1657 – 24 February 1672)
  • Marie (June 19, 1659 – 6 January 1701)
married on 23 September 1684 to Duke Adolph Frederick II, the ruling Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
  • Magdalene (5 July 1660 – 19 February 1702)
  • Sophie (21 June 1662 – 1 June 1738)
married on 6 December 1700 to Duke Christian Ulrich I of Württemberg-Oels
  • Christine (14 August 1663 – 3 August 1749)
married on 4 May 1683 to Louis Christian, Count of Stolberg-Gedern
  • Charles (18 November 1664 – 15 March 1688)
married on 10 August 1687 to Marie Amalie of Brandenburg, a daughter of Elector Frederick William
  • Hedwig Eleonore (12 January1666 – 9 August 1735)
married on 1 December 1686 to Duke August of Saxe-Merseburg-Zörbig
  • Louise (28 August 1667 – 15 March 1721)
married on 5 December 1696 to King Frederick IV of Denmark
  • Elisabeth (3 September 1668 – 25 August 1738)
married on 29 March 1692 to Duke Henry of Saxe-Merseburg-Spremberg
  • Augusta (27 December 1674 – 19 May 1756)

Ancestors[edit]

References[edit]

  • Johann Stieber: 'Merckwürdige und erbauliche Lebensbeschreibung der … Fürstin Magdalena Sibylla, verwitwete regierende Fürstin zu Mecklenburg, Rostock, 1745

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