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Elisabeth Eleonore of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

Elisabeth Eleonore of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel Duchess consort of Saxe-Meiningen

Duchess consort of Saxe-Meiningen
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Intro Duchess consort of Saxe-Meiningen
Countries Germany
Occupations Consort Noble
Type Royals
Gender female
Birth 30 September 1658 (Wolfenbüttel, Wolfenbüttel, Lower Saxony, Germany)
Death 15 March 1729 (Meiningen, Schmalkalden-Meiningen, Thuringia, Germany)
Family
Mother: Elizabeth Juliana of Schleswig-Holstein-Sønderburg-Nordborg
Father: Anthony UlrichDuke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Siblings: Louis RudolphDuke of Brunswick-LüneburgAugustus WilliamDuke of Brunswick-LüneburgAugusta Dorothea of Brunswick-WolfenbüttelAna Sofia de Brunswick-WolfenbüttelHenriette Christine von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel
Spouse: Bernhard IDuke of Saxe-Meiningen
Children: Anton UlrichDuke of Saxe-Meiningen
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Biography

Elisabeth Eleonore of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (30 September 1658 in Wolfenbüttel – 15 March 1729 in Meiningen) was the eldest daughter of Duke Anthony Ulrich of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel and his wife Juliane of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Norburg.

Life

Elisabeth Eleanor married twice. On 2 February 1675 in Wolfenbüttel, she married Prince John George of Mecklenburg, but he died five months later. On 25 January 1681 in Schöningen, she married Duke Bernard I of Saxe-Meiningen. This was described as a happy marriage, although she did not share his interest in alchemy and in the military. Elisabeth Eleonore was very musical and her father was an author. She noticeably stimulated her husband's interest in music and literature.

After her husband's death, she sided with her stepson Ernest Louis I and his minister von Wolzogen, in his quest for sole rulership, ignoring the wish in Bernard I's testament that his sons share power. This led to 30 years of fraternal strife, during which Elisabeth Eleanor supported her stepson Ernest Louis, against her own son Anton Ulrich. Anton Ulrich had married morganatically to Philippine Elisabeth Cäsar, who was not of noble descent; Elisabeth Eleanor behaved very coolly towards her.

During Ernest Louis I's rule, Meiningen developed into a centre of musical culture; this is largely due to Elisabeth Eleonore. The family strife caused her to retreat from public life and concern herself more with religion. She wrote several hymns.

Legacy

Elisabethenburg Palace in Meiningen was named after her.

Issue

From her marriage to Bernhard I, she had five children:

  1. Elisabeth Ernestine (3 December 1681 in Meiningen – 24 December 1766 in Gandersheim), Abbess of Gandersheim Abbey (1713–1766).
  2. Eleonore Frederika (2 March 1683 in Meiningen – 13 May 1739 in Meiningen), a nun at Gandersheim.
  3. Anton August (20 June 1684 in Meiningen – 7 December 1684 in Meiningen).
  4. Wilhelmine Luise (19 January 1686 in Meiningen – 5 October 1753 in Bernstadt), married on 20 December 1703 to Charles, Duke of Württemberg-Bernstadt.
  5. Anton Ulrich, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen (22 October 1687 in Meiningen – 27 January 1763 in Frankfurt).
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