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Margarete of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

Margarete of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel Duchess of Münsterberg, Oels, and Bernstadt

Duchess of Münsterberg, Oels, and Bernstadt
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Intro Duchess of Münsterberg, Oels, and Bernstadt
Countries Germany
Occupations Noble
Gender female
Birth 1516
Death 28 November 1580 (Stauffenbourg)
Family
Mother: Marie de Wurtemberg
Father: Henry VDuke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Siblings: JuliusDuke of Brunswick-LüneburgMaria of Brunswick-WolfenbüttelCatherine of Brunswick-WolfenbüttelMargravine of Brandenburg-KüstrinClara of Brunswick-WolfenbüttelPhilippe-Magnus de Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Spouse: JohnDuke of Münsterberg-Oels
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Biography

Margarete of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1516 or 1517 – 28 October 1580, Stauffenburg) was a princess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel by birth and by marriage Duchess of Münsterberg, Oels and Bernstadt.

Life

Margaret was the eldest child of the Duke Henry II of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1489–1568) from his first marriage to Maria of Württemberg (1496–1541), daughter of Count Henry of Württemberg.

She married on 8 September 1561 in Oleśnica Duke John of Münsterberg and Oels (1509–1565). With permission from the Estates, the castle and lordship of Frankenstein were reserved for Margarete as her Wittum. After four years of childless marriage, John died and Margarete's stepson Charles Christopher sold off Frankenstein. This caused a dispute between Margarate and Charles Christopher and his heirs, which was settled on 25 April 1577 by the intervention of Emperor Rudolf II in his capacity as King of Bohemia.

In the meantime, Margarete had returned to Brunswick. She lived at the court of her brother Julius until in 1569 he gave her the lordship and castle of Stauffenburg, where she devoted herself to the care of the poor and the sick and the needy.

She died on 28 October 1580 in Stauffenburg.

References and sources

  • Johann Samuel Ersch: Allgemeine Encyklopädie der Wissenschaften und Künste, part 2, vol. 21, Gleditsch, 1842, p. 350
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