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Margaret of Saxony, Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg

Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg
The basics
About
Date of birth Meissen
Date of death Dec 07, 1528 Weimar
Family
Mother: Elisabeth of Bavaria Electress of Saxony
Father: Ernest Elector of Saxony
Spouse: Henry the Middle Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Brother(s): John Elector of Saxony Frederick III Elector of Saxony Ernest II of Saxony Adalbert III of Saxony
Children: Elisabeth of Brunswick-Lüneburg Duchess of Guelders Otto I Duke of Brunswick-Harburg Ernest I Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg Anna of Brunswick-Lüneburg Francis Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
The details
Biography

Margarete of Saxony (born 4 August 1469 in Meissen – died: 7 December 1528 in Weimar) was a Saxon princess of the Ernestine line of the house Wettin by birth and by marriage a Duchess of Brunswick-Lüneburg.

Life

Margarete was a daughter of the Elector Ernest of Saxony (1441–1486) from his marriage to Elizabeth (1443–1484), a daughter of the Duke Albert III of Bavaria-Munich. Her brothers Frederick the Wise and John the Steadfast were Electors of Saxony; her sister Christina was Queen of Denmark.

Margarete married on 27 February 1487 in Celle with Duke Henry I of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1468–1532). Henry had already been sent to the Saxon court as a 12-year-old. Marriage negotiations presumably began in 1469, as Henry's father, Otto V had formed an alliance with Margarete's uncle William. The Saxon side had delayed the marriage until the expansion of the Celle Castle was completed, as the district and castel of Celle had been promised to Margarete as her wittum.

Margarete died in 1528 and was buried in the Church of St. Peter and Paul in Weimar.

Issue

  • Anna (born: 1492; died young)
  • Elisabeth (1494–1572)
married in 1518 Duke Charles II of Guelders (1467–1538)
  • Otto I (1495–1549), Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
married in 1525 Meta of Campe (died: 1580)
  • Ernest I the Confessor (1497–1546), Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
married in 1528 Princess Sophia of Mecklenburg (1508–1541)
  • Apollonia (1499–1571), nun
  • Anna (1502–1568)
married in 1525 Duke Barnim IX of Pomerania (1501–1573)
  • Francis (1508–1549), Duke of Brunswick-Gifhorn
married in 1547 princess Clara of Saxe-Lauenburg (1518–1576)

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