Frederica Henriette of Anhalt-Bernburg

Friederica Henrietta von Anhalt-Bernburg
Princess of Anhalt-Köthen
Born (1702-01-24)24 January 1702
Bernburg, Anhalt, Holy Roman Empire
Died 4 April 1723(1723-04-04) (aged 21)
Köthen, Anhalt, Holy Roman Empire
Spouse Leopold, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen
Issue Gisela Agnes, Princess of Anhalt-Dessau
House Ascania
Father Charles Frederick, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg
Mother Sophie Albertine of Solms-Sonnenwalde

Frederica Henriette of Anhalt-Bernburg (24 January 17024 April 1723), was a member of the House of Ascania and Princess of Anhalt-Bernburg by birth and a Princess of Anhalt-Köthen by marriage.


Frederica Henriette was born in Bernburg, Anhalt, Holy Roman Empire as the fourth daughter and the youngest child of Charles Frederick, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg (1668-1721) by his first wife Sophie Albertine of Solms-Sonnenwalde (1672-1708).

In Bernburg on 11 December 1721 she married Leopold, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen and they had one daughter:

  1. Gisela Agnes (b. Köthen, 21 September 1722 - d. Dessau, 20 April 1751), married on 25 May 1737 to Leopold II, Prince of Anhalt-Dessau.

Unlike her husband, Frederica Henrietta had no interest in music, and even managed to convince her husband to abandon his hobby. The consequence of this was the departure of Johann Sebastian Bach to Leipzig.[1][2]

Frederica Henrietta suffered from "pulmonary weakness", and died in Köthen aged 21 and was buried there in St. Jakob, Köthen.


  1. Hugo Riemann: Katechismus Der Musikgeschichte, S. 104, BiblioBazaar, 2009
  2. Volker Ebersbach: Geschichte der Stadt Bernburg in zwei Bänden, Band 1, S. 117, Anhaltische Verlagsgesellschaft, 1998
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Frederica Henriette of Anhalt-Bernburg
Born: 24 January 1702 Died: 4 April 1723
Preceded by
Gisela Agnes of Rath
Princess consort of Anhalt-Köthen
Succeeded by
Charlotte Frederica of Nassau-Siegen
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