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Dorothea of Anhalt-Zerbst

Dorothea of Anhalt-Zerbst

Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
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Date of birth Zerbst, Anhalt-Bitterfeld, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Date of death Sep 26, 1634 Hitzacker, Elbtalaue, Lüchow-Dannenberg, Lower Saxony
Mother: Dorothea Hedwig of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Brother(s): John VI Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst
Children: Rudolph Augustus, Duke of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel Sibylle Ursula of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel Klara Augusta Brunswick-Luneburg Anthony Ulrich, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Sister(s): Eleanor of Anhalt-Zerbst
Spouse: Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Father: Rudolph, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst
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Dorothea von Anhalt-Zerbst (25 September 1607, Zerbst – 26 September 1634, Hitzacker) was a member of the House of Askanier and a princess of Anhalt-Zerbst and by marriage Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.


Dorothea was the daughter of Prince Rudolf of Anhalt-Zerbst (1576–1621) from his first marriage to Dorothea Hedwig (1587–1609), daughter of the Duke Henry Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.

On 26 October 1623 she married in Zerbst with Duke August the Younger of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1579–1666). This was August's second marriage. His first marriage had remained childless, like that of his brother Julius Ernest. With the birth of her sons, Dorothea thus became the ancestress of the "New House of Brunswick", which became extinct in 1873. The family tree of the Duchess, as of 1617, can still be found in the library in Wolfenbüttel.


From her marriage with Augustus, Dorothy had the following children:

  • Henry August (1625–1627)
  • Rudolph August (1627–1704), Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
married firstly, in 1650 Countess Christiane Elisabeth of Barby (1634-1681)
married secondly, in 1681 Rosine Elisabeth Menthe (1663-1701)
  • Sibylle Ursula (1629–1671)
married in 1663 Duke Christian of Schleswig-Holstein-Glücksburg (1627-1698, son of Philip, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg)
  • Klara Auguste (1632–1700)
married in 1653 Duke Frederick of Württemberg-Neuenstadt (1615-1682)
  • Anton Ulrich (1633–1714), Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
married in 1656 princess Elisabeth Juliane of Schleswig-Holstein-Norburg (1634-1704)
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