Margravine Louise Charlotte of Brandenburg
|Louise Charlotte of Brandenburg|
|Duchess of Courland|
13 September 1617|
|Died||28 August 1676
Mitau, Duchy of Courland and Semigallia
|Spouse||Duke Jacob Kettler of Courland|
|Father||George William, Elector of Brandenburg|
|Mother||Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate|
Louise Charlotte of Brandenburg (13 September 1617 – 29 August 1676), was a Duchess consort of Courland. She was politically active during her tenure as duchess consort.
Raised as a Calvinist, she practiced this faith all her life. In 1638 her family moved to Königsberg where she made contact with local group of poets led by Simon Dach. After Louise Charlotte reached maturity she received first marriage proposals. In total she was proposed eight times. Among others were King of Poland Władysław IV. However Louise Charlotte and her parents decided in favour of prince of Courland Jacob Kettler.
They married on 9 October 1645. A poem was composed for the wedding by Simon Dach. After weeding the new couple moved to Goldingen and later to Mitau. She received several manors as a dowry and administered them very wise and practically. She actively made gardens there and developed dairying. Also she was known as fair and kind landlord to her peasants. When in 1657 swedes invaded in Courland Louise Charlotte managed to get promise from Swedish general De Lagardi to spare her manors and peasants. In 1658 she together with duke Jacob and whole family were kept as prisoners by swedes in Riga and later in Ivangorod. They were restitued and were able to return to duchy only in 1660 but all their properties and land was heavily devastated.
Louise Charlotte is attributed to have had a large influence over the policy of state during the reign of her consort; she worked with her brother in the interest of Brandenburg, but is also credited to have contributed to the greatness of Courland during her tenure. The negotiations between Brandenburg, Russia, Sweden and Poland took place in Mitau during her de facto reign.
|Louise Elisabeth Kettler||12 August 1646||16 December 1690||married Frederick II, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg; had issue; died aged 44|
|Ladislaus Louis Frederick Kettler||14 December 1647||31 March 1648||never married; died aged 3 months|
|Christina Sophia Kettler||15 May 1649||9 June 1651||never married; died aged 2|
|Frederick II Casimir Kettler||6 July 1650||22 January 1698||married (1) Countess Sophie Amalie of Nassau-Siegen; had issue (2) Margravine Elisabeth Sophie of Brandenburg; had issue; died aged 48|
|Charlotte Sophia Kettler||17 September 1651||1 December 1728||never married; became the Abbess in Herford; died aged 76|
|Maria Amalia Anna Kettler||12 June 1653||16 June 1711||married Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel; had issue; died aged 58|
|Charles Jacob Kettler||20 October 1654||29 December 1677||never married; died aged 23|
|Ferdinand Kettler||2 November 1655||4 May 1737||married Princess Johanna Magdalene of Saxe-Weissenfels; no issue; died aged 81|
|Alexander Kettler||16 October 1658||1686||never married; died aged 28|
Margravine Louise Charlotte of BrandenburgBorn: 13 September 1617 Died: 29 August 1676
Duchess Sophie of Prussia
|Duchess consort of Courland
Sophie Amalie of Nassau-Siegen
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