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Anna of Saxony, Electress of Brandenburg

Princess of Saxony by birth, by marriage Electress of Brandenburg
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Date of birth Meissen, Meissen, Saxony, Germany
Date of death Oct 31, 1512 Neustadt an der Aisch, Neustadt (Aisch)-Bad Windsheim, Middle Franconia, Bavaria
Mother: Margaret of Austria Electress of Saxony
Brother(s): Albert III Duke of Saxony Ernest Elector of Saxony
Children: Frederick I Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach Amalie of Brandenburg Barbara of Brandenburg Sibylle of Brandenburg Siegmund Margrave of Bayreuth
Sister(s): Hedwig Abbess of Quedlinburg Amalia of Saxony Duchess of Bavaria Margarete von Sachsen
Spouse: Albrecht III Achilles Elector of Brandenburg
Father: Frederick II Elector of Saxony
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Anna of Saxony (7 March 1437 – 31 October 1512) was a princess of Saxony by birth and Electress of Brandenburg by marriage.


Anna was a daughter of the Elector Frederick II of Saxony from his marriage to Margaret of Austria, daughter of the Duke Ernest of Austria.

On 12 November 1458 Anna married Albert Achilles of Brandenburg, later Elector Albert III Achilles, in Ansbach. To further cement the tie between the House of Wettin and the House of Hohenzollern, the marriage contract also planned a marriage between Anna's brother Albert and Albert Achilles' daughter from his first marriage, Ursula, but both married children of King George of Poděbrady of Bohemia instead.

As her Wittum, Anna received Hoheneck Castle and district, plus Leutershausen and Colmberg. Through her marriage, she became stepmother to Albert Achilles's four children from his earlier marriage with Margaret of Baden. At the time of Anna's marriage, Albert Achilles held all the Franconian possessions of the Hohenzollerns. In 1470, he also inherited the Electorate of Brandenburg. In 1473 Anna agreed to a new House law, which made Mark Brandenburg indivisible, but allowed the Franconian possessions to be shared among several sons. This meant that John Cicero, Albert Achilles's son from his first marriage, would become Elector of Brandenburg, but Anna's two sons would inherite the Frankish possessions.

Albert Achilles specified in his will that Anna was entitled to income and residency in Neustadt an der Aisch, Erlangen, Dachsbach, Baiersdorf and Liebenow. Her sons, however, would retain sovereignty over those territories. Anna survived her husband by 26 years and resided mostly in Neustadt an der Aisch, where she maintained a relatively luxurious court.

Anna died in 1512 and was buried in Heilsbronn Abbey. The memorial on her tomb was built about 1502 and is still preserved.


Anna had thirteen children from her marriage to Albert Achilles:

  • Frederick I (1460–1536), Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Kulmbach and Margrave of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
  • Amalie (1461–1481)
  • Anna (* / † 1462)
  • Barbara (1464–1515)
  • Albert (* / † 1466)
  • Sibylle (1467–1524)
  • Siegmund (1468–1495), Margrave of Brandenburg-Kulmbach
  • Albert (* / † 1470)
  • Dorothea (1471–1520), Abbess in Bamberg
  • George (1472–1476)
  • Elisabeth (1474–1507)
  • Magdalene (1476–1480)
  • Anastasia (1478–1534)


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