Elisabeth of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg

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Elisabeth of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg
Born (1580-09-24)24 September 1580
Died 21 December 1653(1653-12-21) (aged 73)
Buried Church of Rügenwalde Castle
Noble family House of Oldenburg
Spouse(s) Bogislaw XIV, Duke of Pomerania
Father John II, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg
Mother Elisabeth of Brunswick-Grubenhagen

Elisabeth of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg (24 September 1580 – 21 December 1653 in Rügenwalde in Pomerania) was a German noblewoman. She was a Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg by birth and by marriage Duchess of Pomerania-Stettin.


She was a daughter of Duke John II of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg (1545-1622) and his first wife Elisabeth of Brunswick-Grubenhagen (1550-1586). Her parents married on 10 August 1568 in Kolding.

Elisabeth herself married in 1615, to Duke Bogislaw of Pomerania. They resided in Rügenwalde and after 1625 in Stettin. Her sister Sophia married Duke Philip II of Pomerania-Wolgast. Her sister Anna was the second wife of Philip II's father, Duke Bogislaw XIII.

Her marriage remained childless. After the death of Bogislaw's brother Ulrich in 1622, Rügenwalde Castle was promised to her as her widow seat. She moved there after Bogislaw died in 1637.

Her Wittum included the city of Rügenwalde, with which she often quarreled during her widowhood. In Rügenwalde, she oversaw the completion[1] of the famous "silver altar"[2] and donated it to the Church of St. Mary in Rügenwalde, where it remained until World War II[3]

She died in Rügenwalde in 1653. She was initially buried in the church of Rügenwalde Castle, and later moved to the tomb of King Eric VII of Denmark in the church of St. Mary.

See also[edit]


  • Martin Wehrmann: Genealogie des pommerschen Herzoghauses, Saunier, Stettin 1937, p. 127.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Siebenundzwanzigster Jahresbericht der Kommission zur Erforschung und Erhaltung der Denkmäler in der Provinz Pommern in der Zeit vom 1. Oktober 1920 bis zum 30. September 1921, Appendix II: Nachträge zum Rügenwalder Silberaltar, p. VII ff. Online.
  2. ^ Hugo Lemke: Der Rügenwalder Silberaltar, in: M. Vollack (ed.): Der Kreis Schlawe, vol. 1: Der Kreis als Ganzes, ISBN 3-88042-239-7, p. 397-411.
  3. ^ Part of the altar disappeared during the war; some parts are (as of 2008) on display in a museum in Słupsk, see the article Zum Siberaltar in the Pommersche Zeitung, nr. 7/2008, p. 8