Duchess Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia

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Duchess Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia
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Duchess Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia
Spouse(s) John George I, Elector of Saxony
Noble family House of Hohenzollern
Father Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia
Mother Marie Eleonore of Cleves
Born (1586-12-31)31 December 1586
Königsberg
Died 12 February 1659(1659-02-12) (aged 72)
Dresden

Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia (31 December 1586 – 12 February 1659) was an Electress of Saxony as the spouse of John George I, Elector of Saxony.

Life[edit]

She was born in Königsberg, the daughter of Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia and Marie Eleonore of Cleves. She married John George on 19 July 1607 in Torgau.

She was a friend of the Swedish queen Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg, her niece, and was interested in painting, poetry and gardening. She used Swedish prisoners of war to work on the Dresdner Festungsbau ("Dresden fortress"). As a widow in 1656, she retired to the Dresdner Frau Kurfürstin-Haus and died in Dresden in 1659.

Children[edit]

She had ten children:

  1. Stillborn son (Dresden, 18 July 1608)
  2. Sophie Eleonore (Dresden, 23 November 1609 – Darmstadt, 2 June 1671), married on 1 April 1627 Landgrave Georg II of Hesse-Darmstadt
  3. Marie Elisabeth (Dresden, 22 November 1610 – Husum, 24 October 1684), married on 21 February 1630 Duke Frederick III of Holstein-Gottorp
  4. Christian Albert (Dresden, 4 March 1612 – Dresden, 9 August 1612)
  5. Johann Georg II (Dresden, 31 May 1613 – Freiberg, 22 August 1680), successor of his father as Elector of Saxony
  6. August (Dresden, 13 August 1614 – Halle, 4 August 1680), inherited Weissenfels as Duke.
  7. Christian I (Dresden, 27 October 1615 – Merseburg, 18 October 1691), inherited Merseburg as Duke
  8. Magdalene Sibylle (Dresden, 23 December 1617 – Schloss Altenburg, 6 January 1668), married firstly on 5 October 1634 to Crown Prince Christian, eldest son and heir of King Christian IV of Denmark; and secondly, on 11 October 1652, to Duke Frederick Wilhelm II of Saxe-Altenburg
  9. Maurice (Dresden, 28 March 1619 – Moritzburg, 4 December 1681), inherited Zeitz as Duke
  10. Heinrich (Dresden, 27 June 1622 – Dresden, 15 August 1622).

Sources[edit]

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

Succession[edit]

Duchess Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia
Born: 31 December 1586 Died: 12 February 1659
Preceded by
Hedwig of Denmark
Electress of Saxony
1611–1656
Succeeded by
Magdalene Sybille of Brandenburg-Bayreuth