Dorothea of Saxony

Dorothea of Saxony
Spouse(s) Henry Julius, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Noble family House of Wettin
Father Augustus, Elector of Saxony
Mother Anne of Denmark, Electress of Saxony
Born (1563-10-04)4 October 1563
Died 13 February 1587(1587-02-13) (aged 23)

Dorothea of Saxony (German: Dorothea von Sachsen; 4 October 1563, Dresden 13 February 1587, Wolfenbüttel) was a Saxon princess from the House of Wettin and by marriage Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.


Dorothea was born 4 October 1563, the daughter of the Elector Augustus of Saxony (1526-1586) and his wife Anna (1532-1585), daughter of King Christian III of Denmark. Of the four 15 children from the marriage of her parents, only four survived their father; Dorothea among them.

On 26 September 1585 in Wolfenbütte, the twenty-two-year-old Dorothea married the future Duke Henry Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1564-1613), who was one year her junior. At the time, her mother Anna was seriously ill and Dorothea had felt very badly and cried pitifully when she said farewell.[1]

The marriage would consolidate a Protestant alliance of German princes, led by Count Palatine John Casimir of Simmern, who had married Dorothea's sister Elizabeth in 1570. Unfortunately, the marriage would be short-lived as Dorothea would die in childbirth aged 23 on 13 February 1587.

Henry remarried a few years later on 19 April 1590. By his second wife, Elizabeth of Denmark, Henry had ten more children, one of whom was named Dorothea.


From her marriage to Henry Julius Dorothea had one daughter:

married in 1605 Rudolf of Anhalt-Zerbst (1576-1621)


References and sources


  1. Karl von Weber: Anna Churfürstin zu Sachsen geboren aus königlichem Stamm zu Dänemark, p. 495
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