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Catherine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Duchess of Saxe-Lauenburg

Duchess of Saxe-Lauenburg
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Date of birth
Date of death Jun 29, 1563 Amt Neuhaus, Lüneburg, Lower Saxony, Germany
Mother: Catherine of Pomerania Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Father: Henry IV Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Spouse: Magnus I Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg
Brother(s): George Archbishop of Bremen Christoph von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel Francis of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel Henry V Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Children: Francis I Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg Clara of Saxe-Lauenburg
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Catherine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1488 – 29 June 1563, Neuhaus upon Elbe) was a member of the house of Welf and a Princess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel and by marriage Duchess of Saxe-Lauenburg.


Catherine was a daughter of the Duke Henry IV of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1463–1514) from his marriage to Catherine of Pomerania (1465–1526), daughter of the Duke Erich II of Pomerania.

She married on 20 November 1509 in Wolfenbüttel Duke Magnus I of Saxe-Lauenburg (1470–1543). Her father summoned the Parliament in 1509 to collect a lady tax, because he found himself unable to pay the dowry alone. Only after long negotiations, did the Parliament grant three rounds of real estate tax, to generate for money for a dowry and jewels for the princess.

Catherine was a strict Catholic with close ties to her relative in Brunswick kin. This induced Gustav I of Sweden, to marry her daughter, in an attempt to the Catholic German princes from supporting of King Christian II of Denmark.

At the marriage of her eldest son, she entered into negotiations with his later mother-in-law Catherine of Mecklenburg, without the knowledge and to the detriment of the Wettin family head John Frederick of Saxony.


From her marriage, Catherine had the following children:

  • Francis I (1510–1581), Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg
  • Dorothea (1511–1571)
  • Catherine (1513–1535)
  • Clara (1518–1576)
  • Sophie of Saxe-Lauenburg (1521–1571)
  • Ursula of Saxe-Lauenburg (1523–1577)

Royal descendants

  • The current reigning monarchs Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, King Harald V of Norway, Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, King Albert II of Belgium and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg are all her direct-line descendants.
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