Sibylle of Cleves
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|Sibylle of Cleves|
|Sibylle of Cleves by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1526.|
|Spouse||John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony|
|John Frederick II, Duke of Saxony
John William, Duke of Saxe-Weimar
Prince John Ernst of Saxony
Duke John Frederick III of Saxony
|House||House of Wettin
House of La Marck
|Father||John III, Duke of Cleves|
|Mother||Maria of Jülich-Berg|
17 January 1512|
|Died||21 February 1554
In September, 1526 Sibylle married John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony. She had four sons with her husband:
- John Frederick II, Duke of Saxony (b. Torgau, 8 January 1529 – d. as imperial prisoner at Schloss Steyr, Upper Austria, 19 May 1595);
- John William, Duke of Saxe-Weimar (b. Torgau, 11 March 1530 – d. Weimar, 2 March 1573);
- John Ernest (b. Weimar, 5 January 1535 – d. Weimar, 11 January 1535);
- Duke John Frederick III of Saxony (1554–1565) (b. Torgau, 16 January 1538 – d. Jena, 31 October 1565).
During the siege of Wittenberg, Sibylle protected the city in her husband's absence. To save his wife and sons, and to prevent Wittenberg from being destroyed, John Frederick conceded the Capitulation of Wittenberg, and resigned the government of his country in favour of Maurice of Saxony.
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