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George Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach

George Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach

Regent of Prussia
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About
A.K.A. Georg Friedrich
Gender male
Birth April 5, 1539 (Ansbach, Middle Franconia, Bavaria, Germany)
Death April 25, 1603 (Ansbach, Middle Franconia, Bavaria, Germany)
Family
Mother: Emilie of Saxony
Father: GeorgeMargrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Siblings: Dorothy Catherine of Brandenburg-AnsbachSabina of Brandenburg-AnsbachAnna Maria of Brandenburg-AnsbachSophie of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Spouse: Sophie of Brunswick-LüneburgElisabeth of Brandenburg-Küstrin
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Biography

George Frederick of Brandenburg-Ansbach (German: Georg Friedrich der Ältere; 5 April 1539 in Ansbach – 25 April 1603) was Margrave of Ansbach and Bayreuth, as well as Regent of Prussia. He was the son of George, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach and a member of the House of Hohenzollern. He married firstly, in 1559, Elisabeth of Brandenburg-Küstrin (29 August 1540 – 8 March 1578). He married secondly, in 1579, Sophie of Brunswick-Lüneburg (30 October 1563 – 1639), daughter of William of Brunswick-Lüneburg and Dorothea of Denmark.

George Frederick reigned in his native Ansbach, Franconia and Jägerndorf, Upper Silesia since 1556 and, after the death of his cousin Albert Alcibiades in 1557, also in Kulmbach. He took over the administration of the Duchy of Prussia in 1577, when the then-reigning Duke Albert Frederick became ill.

He was the last of the older Franconia line of the House of Hohenzollern. Upon his death Ansbach and Kulmbach were inherited by younger princes of the Brandenburg line according to the House Treaty of Gera of 1598.

George Frederick rebuilt the palace and fortress Plassenburg, which was destroyed after the second margravian war (1552–1554), as one of the most impressive residences of the renaissance in the German empire. He also built the fortress Wülzburg and the old palace in Bayreuth.

During his reign between 1557 and 1603 in the Franconian territories of the Hohenzollern (Brandenburg-Ansbach and Brandenburg-Kulmbach) he kept peace, rebuilt cities and Castles, founded several schools and a University.

Ancestors


George Frederick, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
House of Hohenzollern
Born: 5 April 1539 Died: 25 April 1603
Preceded by
George
Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach
1543–1603
Succeeded by
Joachim Ernst
Preceded by
Albert Alcibiades
Margrave of Brandenburg-Kulmbach
1553–1603
Succeeded by
Christian
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