Marie Eleonore of Cleves
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Marie Eleonore of Cleves

Marie Eleonore of Cleves Duchess consort of prussia

Duchess consort of prussia
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Intro Duchess consort of prussia
Countries Russia
Occupations Consort Noble
Type Royals
Gender female
Birth 16 June 1550 (Kleve, Kreis Kleve, Düsseldorf Government Region, North Rhine-Westphalia)
Death 1 June 1608 (Königsberg, East Prussia, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire)
Star sign GeminiGemini
Mother: Maria of Austria, Duchess of Jülich-Cleves-Berg
Father: William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg
Siblings: Charles Frederick of Jülich-Cleves-BergJohn WilliamDuke of Jülich-Cleves-BergMagdalene of Jülich-Cleves-BergAnna of ClevesSibylle of Jülich-Cleves-Berg
Spouse: Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia
Children: Duchess Anna of PrussiaDuchess Sophie of PrussiaDuchess Magdalene Sibylle of PrussiaMarie of Prussia, Margravine of Brandenburg-BayreuthEleanor of Prussia
The details

Duchess Marie Eleonore of Cleves (16 June 1550 – 1 June 1608) was a Duchess consort of Prussia by marriage to Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia. She was the eldest child of William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg and Maria of Austria.


She was the maternal granddaughter of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor and Anna of Bohemia and Hungary, and sister of John William, Duke of Jülich-Cleves-Berg.

While her father was a Reform Catholic, Marie Eleonore, who was of a strong willed character, displayed firm Lutheran sympathies early on. Her father was afraid that she would influence her younger sisters with her religious views, and therefore wished to have her married to someone of her own religious convictions as soon as possible in order to remove her from his domains, and thus considered grooms for his daughter that he would not otherwise have considered. Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia, the son of Albert of Prussia, was thus accepted as a suitor, despite showing mental disorders. The wedding was conducted in 1573, and Marie Eleonore departed to Lutheran Prussia.

In 1577, her mentally ill spouse was placed under the regency of his cousin George Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach, which made the position of Marie Eleonore more difficult at the Ducal court of Köningsberg. In 1591, she returned with her daughters to Jülich, where she remained until 1592. She arranged the marriage of her daughters to German princes to avoid them being married by the regency council to Polish suitors, and by the marriage alliances she arranged, she ensured that the Duchy of Julich would come to the Brandenburg after the death of her brother.



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