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Dorothea Sophia, Abbess of Quedlinburg
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Dorothea Sophia, Abbess of Quedlinburg

Dorothea Sophia, Abbess of Quedlinburg
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Intro Abbess of Quedlinburg Abbey
A.K.A. Dorothea Sophia of Saxe-Altenburg
Was Abbess
Field Religion
Gender female
Birth 19 December 1587, Weimar
Death 10 February 1645, Weimar (aged 57 years)
Star sign Sagittarius
Mother: Sophie of Württemberg
Father: Frederick William IDuke of Saxe-Weimar
Siblings: Duke Frederick of Saxe-AltenburgJohn PhilipDuke of Saxe-AltenburgFrederick William IIDuke of Saxe-AltenburgDuke John William of Saxe-Altenburg
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Duchess Dorothea Sophia of Saxe-Altenburg (19 December 1587 – 10 February 1645) was Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg.
She was the fourth child and second daughter of Friedrich Wilhelm I, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, and his first wife, Sophie of Württemberg.


On 21 April 1618, Dorothea Sophia was elected successor to Princess-Abbess Dorothea. Her election was approved by Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor.

During her reign, Quedlinburg was devastated by the Thirty Years' War. Unlike her predecessors, Princess-Abbess Dorothea Sophia often confronted John George I, Elector of Saxony.

Religious policy

Dorothea Sophia prohibited her clergy to deny absolution to a person who made a genuine and contrite confession. However, if the same parishioner repeated the sin, they were to face increasingly severe chastisement and, finally, a referral to the consistory. She proscribed that these parishioners would not be able to serve as godparents, nor be buried according to tradition or within consecrated ground. These decisions were a lot like the previous Catholic practice. She also took measures to prevent secret engagements, declaring that every engagement has to be witnessed by three men and publicly announced.


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