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Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate

Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate By marriage electress of Brandenburg and duchess of Prussia

By marriage electress of Brandenburg and duchess of Prussia
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Intro By marriage electress of Brandenburg and duchess of Prussia
A.K.A. Elisabeth Charlotte von der Pfalz
Countries Germany
Gender female
Birth 19 November 1597 (Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz)
Death 26 April 1660 (Krosno Odrzańskie)
Star sign ScorpioScorpio
Mother: Countess Louise Juliana of Nassau
Father: Frederick IV
Siblings: Louise Juliana of the PalatinateLouis Philip, Count Palatine of Simmern-Kaiserslautern Frederick V
Spouse: George William, Elector of Brandenburg
Children: Margravine Louise Charlotte of BrandenburgMargravine Hedwig Sophie of Brandenburg Frederick William
Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate
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Elisabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate (19 November 1597 – 26 April 1660) was an Electress consort of Brandenburg as the wife of George William, Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia, and the mother of Frederick William of Brandenburg, the "Great Elector".


Elizabeth Charlotte was the daughter of Frederick IV, Elector Palatine, and Louise Juliana of Orange-Nassau. Her brother Frederick became famous as the Elector-Palatine and "Winter King" of Bohemia.

In 1616 Elizabeth Charlotte married George William, with whom she had the following children.

The marriage was arranged to unite two Protestant dynasties. In 1618, her brother's deposition from the throne of Bohemia caused the Thirty Years' War. Her spouse was described as ambivalent and passive, but Charlotte ensured protection for her sibling when Brandenburg sided against Austria in the affairs of Bohemia and the Holy Roman Empire. At court, she favoured the Protestant party against the pro-Austrian party. She influenced her son to sympathize with the Protestant cause, and he came to have a great affection for his mother, closer than what was usually common during that age. She spent her last years at Crossen, where she died.



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