Dorothea of Saxony

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Dorothea of Saxony
Spouse(s) Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Noble family House of Wettin
Father Augustus, Elector of Saxony
Mother Anne of Denmark, Electress of Saxony
Born (1563-10-04)4 October 1563
Dresden
Died 13 February 1587(1587-02-13) (aged 23)
Wolfenbüttel

Dorothea of Saxony (German: Dorothea von Sachsen; 4 October 1563, Dresden – 13 February 1587, Wolfenbüttel) was a Saxon princess from the House of Wettin and by marriage Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.

Life[edit]

Dorothea was born 4 October 1563, the daughter of the Elector Augustus of Saxony (1526-1586) and his wife Anna (1532-1585), daughter of King Christian III of Denmark. Of the four 15 children from the marriage of her parents, only four survived their father; Dorothea among them.

On 26 September 1585 in Wolfenbütte, the twenty-two-year-old Dorothea married the future Duke Henry Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1564-1613), who was one year her junior. At the time, her mother Anna was seriously ill and Dorothea had felt very badly and cried pitifully when she said farewell.[1]

The marriage would consolidate a Protestant alliance of German princes, led by Count Palatine John Casimir of Simmern, who had married Dorothea's sister Elizabeth in 1570. Unfortunately, the marriage would be short-lived as Dorothea would die in childbirth aged 23 on 13 February 1587.

Henry remarried a few years later on 19 April 1590. By his second wife, Elizabeth of Denmark, Henry had ten more children, one of whom was named Dorothea.

Issue[edit]

From her marriage to Henry Julius Dorothea had one daughter:

married in 1605 Rudolf of Anhalt-Zerbst (1576-1621)

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Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Karl von Weber: Anna Churfürstin zu Sachsen geboren aus königlichem Stamm zu Dänemark, p. 495