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Sophia of Saxe-Weissenfels, Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst

Sophia of Saxe-Weissenfels, Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst

Princess of saxe-weissenfels y birth and by marriage and princess of anhalt-zerbst
The basics
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Intro Princess of saxe-weissenfels y birth and by marriage and princess of anhalt-zerbst
Gender female
Birth June 23, 1654 (Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany)
Death March 31, 1724 (Zerbst, Anhalt-Bitterfeld, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany)
Family
Mother: Anna Maria of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Father: Augustus, Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels
Siblings: Albrecht of Saxe-WeissenfelsJohann Adolf IDuke of Saxe-WeissenfelsAugust of Saxe-WeissenfelsHeinrich of Saxe-WeissenfelsCount of BarbyChristian von Sachsen-WeißenfelsFrederickMagdalena Sibylle of Saxe-WeissenfelsChristine of Saxe-Weissenfels
Spouse: Charles, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst
Children: John Augustus, Prince of Anhalt-ZerbstPrincess Magdalena Augusta of Anhalt-Zerbst
The details
Biography

Sophia of Saxe-Weissenfels (also: Sophie; 23 June 1654 in Halle an der Saale – 31 March 1724 in Zerbst) was a member of the Albertine branch of the House of Wettin, and a princess of Saxe-Weissenfels and Querfurt by birth and by marriage Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst.

Family

Sophia was the third daughter of the Duke August of Saxe-Weissenfels and his wife Anna Maria of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, daughter of Duke Adolf Frederick I of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. She was named after her paternal great-grandmother, Sophie of Brandenburg, Electress of Saxony.

Marriage and issue

She married on 18 June 1676 in Halle with Karl William, a son of John VI, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst from his marriage to Sophie Auguste of Schleswig-Holstein-Gottorp. Unlike most royal couples of the era, Charles William and Sophia shared a bedroom in their new baroque palace. This suggests that they may have married out of love.

They had the following children:

  • John Augustus (1677–1742), Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst
  • Charles Augustus (born: July 2, 1678 in Zerbst, died: 1 September 1693 ibid), Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst
  • Magdalena Augusta (1679–1740), Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst
married Frederick II, Duke of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg

Death and burial

Sophia died at the age of 69 years in her rooms at Zerbst Castle and was buried on 7 June 1724 in the princely tomb in the St. Bartholomew's Church in Zerbst. In 1899 Duke Duke Frederick I of Anhalt, ordered the implementation of a princely family vault in the Castle Church in Zerbst Castle. After the destruction of the castle in 1945, the remains of the damaged coffins were transferred back to St. Bartholomew.

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http://www.thepeerage.com/p298.htm#i2978
http://gso.gbv.de/DB=1.28/REL?PPN=00433535X&RELTYPE=TT
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https://d-nb.info/gnd/120063689
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https://viaf.org/viaf/54969354
https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q454115
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/54969354
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