Catherine of Mecklenburg

Catherine of Mecklenburg
Duchess consort of Saxony, Margravine consort of Meissen and Lady of Freiberg

Tenure 1464–1500
Born 1487
Died 6 June 1561 (aged 7374)
Burial Freiberg
Spouse Henry the Pious
Issue Sybille, Duchess of Saxe-Lauenburg
Emilie, Margravine of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Sidonie, Duchess of Brunswick-Kalenberg
Maurice, Elector of Saxony
Prince Severinus
Augustus, Elector of Saxony
House House of Mecklenburg
Father Magnus II, Duke of Mecklenburg
Mother Sophie of Pomerania-Stettin
Religion Lutheranism

Catherine of Mecklenburg (1487 6 June 1561, Torgau), Duchess of Saxony, was the daughter of the Duke Magnus II of Mecklenburg and Sophie of Pomerania-Stettin. She married on 6 July 1512 in Freiberg Duke Henry the Pious of Saxony. The couple had six children:

married in 1540 Duke Francis I of Saxe-Lauenburg (1510–1581)
married in 1533 Margrave George the Pious of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1484–1534)
married in 1545 Duke Eric II of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1528–1584)
married in 1541 princess Agnes of Hesse (1527–1555)
married in 1548 princess Anne of Denmark and Norway (1532–1585)

Catherine sympathized early with Martin Luther's teachings, while her husband suppressed the Reformation until 1536 for fear of his brother, the reigning Duke George the Bearded. Later, the Freiberg area became Lutheran.

When duke George tried bear down on Catherine, she told the envoy: You could do me a big favor by leaving Freiberg right now. In 1539, after the death of Duke George, the couple moved to Dresden and brought the Reformation there. Duke Henry died on 18 August 1541; Catherine outlived him by 20 years. She spent her days in Wolkenstein castle. In 1560, she published a book on etiquette for ladies, which is culturally and historically very interesting.



See also

Catherine of Mecklenburg
Born: 1487 Died: 6 June 1561
German royalty
Preceded by
Barbara Jagiellon
Duchess consort of Saxony and Margravine consort of Meissen
17 April 1539 – 18 August 1541
Succeeded by
Agnes of Hesse
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