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Margaret of Saxony, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg

Margaret of Saxony, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg

Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Gender female
Birth 4 August 1469 (Meissen)
Death 7 December 1528 (Weimar)
Star sign Leo
Family
Mother: Elisabeth of BavariaElectress of Saxony
Father: ErnestElector of Saxony
Siblings: JohnElector of SaxonyFrederick IIIElector of SaxonyErnest II of SaxonyAdalbert III of Saxony
Spouse: Henry the MiddleDuke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Children: Elisabeth of Brunswick-LüneburgDuchess of GueldersOtto IDuke of Brunswick-HarburgErnest IDuke of Brunswick-LüneburgAnna of Brunswick-LüneburgFrancisDuke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
The details
Biography

Margarete of Saxony (born 4 August 1469 in Meissen – died: 7 December 1528 in Weimar) was a Saxon princess of the Ernestine line of the house Wettin by birth and by marriage a Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

Life

Margarete was a daughter of the Elector Ernest of Saxony (1441–1486) from his marriage to Elizabeth (1443–1484), a daughter of the Duke Albert III of Bavaria-Munich. Her brothers Frederick the Wise and John the Steadfast were Electors of Saxony; her sister Christina was Queen of Denmark.

Margarete married on 27 February 1487 in Celle with Duke Henry I of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1468–1532). Henry had already been sent to the Saxon court as a 12-year-old. Marriage negotiations presumably began in 1469, as Henry's father, Otto V had formed an alliance with Margarete's uncle William. The Saxon side had delayed the marriage until the expansion of the Celle Castle was completed, as the district and castel of Celle had been promised to Margarete as her wittum.

Margarete died in 1528 and was buried in the Church of St. Peter and Paul in Weimar.

Issue

  • Anna (born: 1492; died young)
  • Elisabeth (1494–1572)
married in 1518 Duke Charles II of Guelders (1467–1538)
  • Otto I (1495–1549), Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
married in 1525 Meta of Campe (died: 1580)
  • Ernest I the Confessor (1497–1546), Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
married in 1528 Princess Sophia of Mecklenburg (1508–1541)
  • Apollonia (1499–1571), nun
  • Anna (1502–1568)
married in 1525 Duke Barnim IX of Pomerania (1501–1573)
  • Francis (1508–1549), Duke of Brunswick-Gifhorn
married in 1547 princess Clara of Saxe-Lauenburg (1518–1576)

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