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Margarete of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

Duchess of münsterberg, oels, and bernstadt
The basics
Date of birth
Date of death Nov 28, 1580
Brother(s): Julius Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Sister(s): Clara of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel Maria of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel Catherine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel Margravine of Brandenburg-Küstrin
Father: Henry V, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Mother: someone
The details

Margarete of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1516 or 1517 – 28 October 1580, Stauffenburg) was a princess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel by birth and by marriage Duchess of Münsterberg, Oels and Bernstadt.


Margaret was the eldest child of the Duke Henry II of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1489–1568) from his first marriage to Maria of Württemberg (1496–1541), daughter of Count Henry of Württemberg.

She married on 8 September 1561 in Oleśnica Duke John of Münsterberg and Oels (1509–1565). With permission from the Estates, the castle and lordship of Frankenstein were reserved for Margarete as her Wittum. After four years of childless marriage, John died and Margarete's stepson Charles Christopher sold off Frankenstein. This caused a dispute between Margarate and Charles Christopher and his heirs, which was settled on 25 April 1577 by the intervention of Emperor Rudolf II in his capacity as King of Bohemia.

In the meantime, Margarete had returned to Brunswick. She lived at the court of her brother Julius until in 1569 he gave her the lordship and castle of Stauffenburg, where she devoted herself to the care of the poor and the sick and the needy.

She died on 28 October 1580 in Stauffenburg.

References and sources

  • Johann Samuel Ersch: Allgemeine Encyklopädie der Wissenschaften und Künste, part 2, vol. 21, Gleditsch, 1842, p. 350
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