Dorothea of Anhalt-Zerbst

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Dorothea of Anhalt-Zerbst
Dorothea von Anhalt-Zerbst (1607-1634).jpg
Born (1607-09-25)25 September 1607
Zerbst
Died 26 September 1634(1634-09-26) (aged 27)
Hitzacker
Spouse Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Father Rudolph, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst
Mother Dorothea Hedwig of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

Dorothea von Anhalt-Zerbst (25 September 1607, Zerbst – 26 September 1634, Hitzacker) was a member of the House of Askanier and a princess of Anhalt-Zerbst and by marriage Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.

Life[edit]

Dorothea was the daughter of Prince Rudolf of Anhalt-Zerbst (1576–1621) from his first marriage to Dorothea Hedwig (1587–1609), daughter of the Duke Henry Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.

On 26 October 1623 she married in Zerbst with Duke August the Younger of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1579–1666). This was August's second marriage. His first marriage had remained without surviving issue, like that of his brother Julius Ernest. They had seven children:[1]

  • Henry August (28 April 1625 – 30 September 1627).
  • Rudolph August (16 May 1627 – 26 January 1704), Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.
  • Sibylle Ursula (4 February 1629 – 12 December 1671), married in 1663 Duke Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Glücksburg (son of Philip, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg).
  • Stillborn daughter (26 April 1631).
  • Stillborn son (26 April 1631), twin.
  • Klara Auguste (25 June 1632 – 6 October 1700), married in 1653 Duke Frederick of Württemberg-Neuenstadt.
  • Anton Ulrich (4 October 1633 – 27 March 1714), Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.

With the birth of her sons, Dorothea thus became the ancestress of the "New House of Brunswick", which became extinct in 1873.[2] The family tree of the Duchess, as of 1617, can still be found in the library in Wolfenbüttel.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • William Havemann: History of the territories Brunswick and Lüneburg, Dieterich, 1855, p. 712
  • Edward Vehse: History of the courts of the House of Brunswick in Germany and England, Hoffmann und Campe, 1853, p. 164

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Dorothea v.Anhalt-Zerbst in: ww-person.com [retrieved 10 August 2016].
  2. ^ http://www.welfen.de/august.htm
  3. ^ Association for history and archeology of Mecklenburg: Mecklenburg yearbooks, Schwerin, Vol. 20-21, 1855, p. 148