Sibylle of Cleves

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Sibylle of Cleves
Lucas Cranach d.Ä. - Bildnis der Prinzessin Sibylle von Cleve (1526, Klassik Stiftung Weimar).jpg
Sibylle of Cleves by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1526.
Spouse John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony
Issue
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
Born (1512-01-17)17 January 1512
Düsseldorf
Died 21 February 1554(1554-02-21) (aged 42)
Weimar
Burial Katholische Hofkirche

Sibylle of Cleves (German: Sibylle von Jülich-Kleve-Berg) (17 January 1512 – 21 February 1554) was Electress consort of Saxony.

She was the eldest daughter of John III, Duke of Cleves, and a sister of Anne of Cleves and Amalia of Cleves. Sibylle's mother was Maria of Jülich-Berg (1491–1543).

In September, 1526 Sibylle married John Frederick I, Elector of Saxony. She had four sons with her husband:

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.

Portrait of Sibylle of Cleves, painted by Lucas Cranach c. 1531


This article incorporates information from the revision as of 4 December 2006 of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.