Sophia Eleonore of Saxony

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Sophia Eleonore of Saxony
Landgravine of Hesse-Darmstadt
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Sophia Eleonore as Dowager Landgravine with her Palatine grandsons, Alexander Sigismund, Francis Louis and Frederick Wilhelm, by Johannes Spilberg, 1667
Born (1609-11-23)23 November 1609
Died 2 June 1671(1671-06-02) (aged 61)
Spouse George II, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
Louis VI, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt
Elisabeth Amalie, Electress Palatine
Sophia Eleonore, Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg
Louise Christine, Countess of Stolberg-Stolberg
Anna Sophia, Abbess of Quedlinburg
Marie Hedwig, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen
Father John George I, Elector of Saxony
Mother Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia
Religion Lutheranism

Sophia Eleonore of Saxony (23 November 1609 – 2 June 1671) was a Duchess (Herzogin) of Saxony by birth and the Landgravine of Hesse-Darmstadt from 1627 to 1661 through her marriage to Landgrave George II. She was the eldest surviving child of John George I, Elector of Saxony, and Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia. Her daughter Elisabeth Amalie of Hesse-Darmstadt became Electress of the Palatinate.


She was born in Dresden. Her two sisters were Marie Elisabeth and Magdalene Sibylle. Her brothers were Johann Georg, August, Christian, and Maurice.

She married Landgrave Georg II of Hesse-Darmstadt on April 1, 1627 in Torgau, aged seventeen.[1] They had fifteen children; she raised them as strict Lutherans. However, her daughter Elisabeth Amalie, later Electress Palatine, converted to Roman Catholicism in 1653.

She survived her husband by ten years and died in Darmstadt.


She had the following children with George II, Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt:


16. Henry IV, Duke of Saxony
8. Augustus, Elector of Saxony
17. Catherine of Mecklenburg
4. Christian I, Elector of Saxony
18. Christian III of Denmark
9. Anna of Denmark
19. Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg
2. John George I, Elector of Saxony
20. Joachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg
10. John George, Elector of Brandenburg
21. Magdalena of Saxony
5. Sophie of Brandenburg
22. George, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
11. Sabina of Brandenburg-Ansbach
23. Hedwig of Münsterberg-Oels
1. Sophia Eleonore of Saxony
24. Frederick I, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
12. Albert, Duke of Prussia
25. Sophia of Poland
6. Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia
26. Eric I, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
13. Anna Marie of Brunswick-Lüneburg
27. Elisabeth of Brandenburg, Duchess of Brunswick-Calenberg-Göttingen
3. Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia
28. John III, Duke of Cleves
14. Wilhelm, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg
29. Maria of Jülich-Berg-Ravensburg
7. Marie Eleonore of Cleves
30. Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor
15. Maria of Habsburg, Archduchess of Austria
31. Anna of Bohemia and Hungary


Sophia Eleonore of Saxony
Born: 23 November 1609 Died: 2 June 1671
German royalty
Title last held by
Magdalene of Brandenburg
Landgravine of Hesse-Darmstadt
1 April 1627 - 11 June 1661
Succeeded by
Maria Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp