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Anna Sophie of Prussia

Anna Sophie of Prussia

Duchess of Prussia and Duchess of Mecklenburg
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About
Occupations Aristocrat
A.K.A. Anna Sophia of Prussia
Gender female
Birth June 11, 1527 (Königsberg)
Death February 6, 1591 (Lübz)
Family
Mother: Dorothea of Denmark, Duchess of Prussia
Father: Albert, Duke in Prussia
Siblings: Albert Frederick
Spouse: John Albert I, Duke of Mecklenburg
Children: Johann VII, Duke of MecklenburgSigismund August
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The details
Biography

Anna Sophia of Prussia (11 June 1527 in Königsberg – 6 February 1591 in Lübz) was Duchess of Mecklenburg by marriage to John Albert I, Duke of Mecklenburg.

Life

Anna Sophie was the oldest and only surviving child of Duke Albert of Prussia (1490-1568) from his first marriage with Dorothea (1504-1547), a daughter of King Frederick I of Denmark. From her mother, she received an extensive education in naturopathy and gynecology. Already in 1546, the estates of Prussia agreed to a so-called "dowry tax" to provide the dowry of 30000 guilders she would receive when she married.

She married on 24 February 1555 in Wismar to Duke John Albert I of Mecklenburg (1525-1576). As a wedding gift, her father mediated in a dispute between her husband and his brother Ulrich, Duke of Mecklenburg. On the occasion of his marriage, Duke John Albert I had the Fürstenhof Palace in Wismar remodeled in a Renaissance style. After the wedding, John Albert I and his bride moved into this palace.

John Albert I and Anna Sophia had three sons; she was described as a loving mother. John Albert I remained a loyal ally to his father-in-law, in the Holy Roman Empire as well as in Livonia. Since Duke Albert had no surviving sons of his own, he attempted several times, unsuccessfully, to make John Albert I his heir and successor in the Duchy of Prussia.

After John Albert I died in 1576, Anna Sophia retired to her Wittum in Lübz, where she died in 1591. She was buried in Schwerin Cathedral.

Issue

Anna Sophia and her husband had three sons:

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http://isni.org/isni/0000000402616888
https://d-nb.info/gnd/104182040
https://viaf.org/viaf/298233017
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q70786
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/298233017
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