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Christian I, Elector of Saxony
German noble

Christian I, Elector of Saxony

Christian I, Elector of Saxony
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Intro German noble
A.K.A. Christian I.
Was Noble
From Germany
Field Royals
Gender male
Birth 29 October 1560, Dresden
Death 25 September 1591, Dresden (aged 30 years)
Star sign Scorpio
Mother: Anne of DenmarkElectress of Saxony
Father: AugustusElector of Saxony
Siblings: Dorothea of SaxonyElisabeth of SaxonyAnna of Saxony
Spouse: Sophie of Brandenburg
Children: Christian IIElector of SaxonyJohn George IElector of SaxonySophie of SaxonyDuchess of PomeraniaAugust of SaxonyDorotheaAbbess of Quedlinburg
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Christian I of Saxony (Dresden, 29 October 1560 – Dresden, 25 September 1591) was Elector of Saxony from 1586 to 1591. He belonged to the Albertine line of the House of Wettin.
He was the sixth but second surviving son of Elector Augustus of Saxony and Anna of Denmark. The death of his older brother, Alexander (8 October 1565), made him the new heir apparent to the Electorate of Saxony.
Christian succeeded his father when he died, in 1586. His chancellor was Nikolaus Krell. During his reign, the first measurement was made of the Electorate of Saxony by Matthias Oeder. Later, the work of Oeder was continued by Balthasar Zimmermann until 1633 and completed as far as possible.


In Dresden on 25 April 1582, Christian married Sophie, daughter of John George, Elector of Brandenburg. They had seven children:

  1. Christian II (b. Dresden, 23 September 1583 – d. Dresden, 23 June 1611), successor of his father as Elector.
  2. John George I (b. Dresden, 5 March 1585 – d. Dresden, 8 October 1656), successor of his brother as Elector.
  3. Anna Sabine (b. Dresden, 25 January 1586 – d. Dresden, 24 March 1586).
  4. Sophie (b. Dresden, 29 April 1587 – d. Stettin, 9 December 1635), married on 26 August 1610 to Duke Francis I of Pomerania.
  5. Elisabeth (b. Dresden, 21 July 1588 – d. Dresden, 4 March 1589).
  6. Augustus (b. Dresden, 7 September 1589 – d. Naumburg, 26 December 1615), married on 1 January 1612 to Elisabeth of Brünswick-Wolfenbüttel. This marriage was childless.
  7. Dorothea (b. Dresden, 7 January 1591 – d. Quedlinburg, 17 November 1617), Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg (1610).



  • Christa Schille (1957), "Christian I.", Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) (in German), 3, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, pp. 230–231 ; (full text online)
  • Ilse Schunke: Beitraege zur Politik des Kurfürsten Christian I. v. Sachsen 1586-1591 vornehmlich in den Jahren 1586/89, Munich, 1922 (German)

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