Marie of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth

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Marie of Prussia
MariePreußenBayreuth.jpg
Mary of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth, painting by Heinrich Bollandt
Spouse Christian, Margrave of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
Father Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia
Mother Marie Eleonore of Cleves
Born 1579
Königsberg
Died 11 February 1649
Bayreuth

Marie of Prussia (23 January 1579 - 21 February 1649) was a Prussian duchess by birth and Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth by marriage.

Life[edit]

Born in Königsberg, Marie was the second daughter of Duke Albert Frederick of Prussia (1553–1618) from his marriage to Marie Eleonore of Cleves (1550–1608), daughter of Duke William the Rich of Jülich-Cleves-Berg. The princess grew up with her sisters in Königsberg Castle.

On 29 April 1604 she married Margrave Christian of Brandenburg-Bayreuth (1581–1655) in Plassenburg Castle. Since her father left no male heirs, a dispute arose between Prussia and Jülich-Cleves-Berg about Mary's compensation.[1] In 1613, Marie acquired the manors of Schreez and Culmbach in Haag (Oberfranken). She used the income from these manors to expand Unternschreez Castle, her Wittum.[2] Mary and her family in Franconia had to flee their homes during the Thirty Years' War, and the manors were lost.

Marie died in 1649 and was buried in the City Church in Bayreuth; she had donated the high altar in this church.

Offspring[edit]

From her marriage, Marie had the following children:

  • Elisabeth Eleonore (* / † 1606)
  • George Frederick (* / † 1608)
  • Anna Maria (1609–1680)
married in 1639 Prince Johann Anton I von Eggenberg (1610-1649)
married in elector in 1638 John George II of Saxony (1613-1680)
  • Agnes Sophie (* / † 1611)
  • Christian Ernest (1613–1614)
  • Erdmann August (1615–1651), Hereditary Prince of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
married in 1641 princess Sophie of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1614-1646)
  • Georg Albrecht (1619–1666), (not ruling) Margrave of Brandenburg-Kulmbach (junior line)
married firstly in 1651 Princess Marie Elisabeth of Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg (1628-1664)
married secondly in 1665 Countess Marie Sophie of Solms-Baruth (1626-1688)
  • Frederick William (* / † 1620)
Marie of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
Born: 23 January 1579 Died: 21 February 1649
German nobility
New title Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
1604 - 21 February 1649
Vacant
Title next held by
Erdmuthe Sophie of Saxony

References[edit]

  • Julius Mebes: Contributions to the history of Brandenburg-Prussian state and army, Lüderitz, 1861, p. 863
This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.

External links[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Ute Essegern: Princesses at the Saxon court, Leipzig University Press, 2007, p. 266
  2. ^ http://www.haag-oberfranken.de/die_geschichte.htm