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Anna Sophie of Anhalt

Anna Sophie of Anhalt

German noblewoman
The basics
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Intro German noblewoman
Gender female
Birth 15 June 1584 (Dessau)
Death 9 June 1652 (Kranichfeld)
Father: Joachim ErnestPrince of Anhalt
Siblings: franzingxxx klindix Louis IPrince of Anhalt-KöthenChristian IPrince of Anhalt-BernburgAugustusPrince of Anhalt-PlötzkauRudolphPrince of Anhalt-ZerbstJohn George IPrince of Anhalt-DessauBernhard von AnhaltElisabeth of Anhalt-ZerbstDorothea Maria of AnhaltAgnes Hedwig of AnhaltSibylla of AnhaltAnna Maria of Anhalt
Spouse: Charles GüntherCount of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
The details

Anna Sophie of Anhalt (15 June 1584 – 9 June 1652) was by birth a member of the House of Ascania and princess of Anhalt. After her marriage, she became Countess of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt.
Anna Sophie was born in Dessau, the eighth and youngest daughter of Joachim Ernest, Prince of Anhalt, but fourth-born daughter of his second wife Eleonore, daughter of Christoph, Duke of Württemberg.


In Rudolstadt on 13 June 1613 she married Charles Günther, Count of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt. Their union was childless.

Anna Sophie was considered as one of the most educated women of her time. After the death of her husband in 1630 she moved her residence to Kranichfeld and founded there a society that admitted only women, following the example of her brother Louis of Anhalt-Köthen, who was one of the co-founders of the Fruitbearing Society. At the same time, she took the famous educational reformer Wolfgang Ratke under her protection.

Anna Sophie died in Oberkranichfeld.

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