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Duchess Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia

Electress of Saxony
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Date of birth Königsberg, East Prussia, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
Date of death Feb 12, 1659 Dresden, Dresden Directorate District, Saxony, Germany
Family
Mother: Marie Eleonore of Cleves
Sister(s): Duchess Sophie of Prussia Duchess Anna of Prussia Eleanor of Prussia Marie of Prussia Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
Father: Albert Frederick Duke of Prussia
Spouse: John George I Elector of Saxony
Children: Sophia Eleonore of Saxony Duchess Marie Elisabeth of Saxony John George II Elector of Saxony Augustus Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels Christian I Duke of Saxe-Merseburg Magdalene Sibylle of Saxony Maurice Duke of Saxe-Zeitz
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Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia (31 December 1586 – 12 February 1659) was an Electress of Saxony as the spouse of John George I, Elector of Saxony.

Life

She was born in Königsberg, the daughter of Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia and Marie Eleonore of Cleves. She married John George on 19 July 1607 in Torgau. She was a great-granddaughter of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor. She is also in three ways an ancestor of Augusta of Saxe-Gotha, mother of George III of the United Kingdom. In that way, she connected the ancestry of the British monarchs to the Catholic Monarchs. She was a friend of the Swedish queen Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg, her niece, and was interested in painting, poetry and gardening. She used Swedish prisoners of war to work on the Dresdner Festungsbau ("Dresden fortress"). As a widow in 1656, she retired to the Dresdner Frau Kurfürstin-Haus and died in Dresden in 1659.

Children

She had ten children:

  1. Stillborn son (Dresden, 18 July 1608)
  2. Sophie Eleonore (Dresden, 23 November 1609 – Darmstadt, 2 June 1671), married on 1 April 1627 Landgrave Georg II of Hesse-Darmstadt
  3. Marie Elisabeth (Dresden, 22 November 1610 – Husum, 24 October 1684), married on 21 February 1630 Duke Frederick III of Holstein-Gottorp
  4. Christian Albert (Dresden, 4 March 1612 – Dresden, 9 August 1612)
  5. Johann Georg II (Dresden, 31 May 1613 – Freiberg, 22 August 1680), successor of his father as Elector of Saxony
  6. August (Dresden, 13 August 1614 – Halle, 4 August 1680), inherited Weissenfels as Duke.
  7. Christian I (Dresden, 27 October 1615 – Merseburg, 18 October 1691), inherited Merseburg as Duke
  8. Magdalene Sibylle (Dresden, 23 December 1617 – Schloss Altenburg, 6 January 1668), married firstly on 5 October 1634 to Crown Prince Christian, eldest son and heir of King Christian IV of Denmark; and secondly, on 11 October 1652, to Duke Frederick Wilhelm II of Saxe-Altenburg
  9. Maurice (Dresden, 28 March 1619 – Moritzburg, 4 December 1681), inherited Zeitz as Duke
  10. Heinrich (Dresden, 27 June 1622 – Dresden, 15 August 1622).

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