Sophie Christiane of Wolfstein

Sophie Christiane of Wolfstein
Spouse(s) Christian Heinrich, Margrave of Brandenburg-Bayreuth-Kulmbach
Noble family Wolfstein
Father Count Albert Frederick of Wolfstein
Mother Sophia Louise of Castell-Remlingen
Born (1667-10-24)24 October 1667
Sulzbürg (near Mühlhausen)
Died 23 August 1737(1737-08-23) (aged 69)
Fredensborg Palace
Buried Roskilde Cathedral

Sophie Christiane of Wolfstein (24 October 1667 23 August 1737) was a Countess of Wolfstein and Margravine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth-Kulmbach by marriage.


Sophie Christiane was a daughter of Count Albrecht Frederick of Wolfstein (1644–1693) from his marriage to Sophia Louise (1645–1717), daughter of Count Georg Wolfgang of Castell-Remlingen. Sophie Christiane's maternal uncle was married to an aunt of Count Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf and Sophie Christiane was consequently raised strictly religiously in the Pietist manner.

On 14 August 1687 she married Margrave Christian Heinrich, Margrave of Brandenburg-Bayreuth-Kulmbach (1661–1708), at Obersulzbürg castle. The margrave's court at Bayreuth felt that his spouse was "not befitting" (i.e. not of high enough birth to marry a member of a ruling family).

After the birth of their first child, the family moved into the castle at Schönberg, where Sophie Christiane, who was described as "admirable"[1] took care of raising her children. She composed a prayer book, the so-called Schönberger Gesangbuch, containing the prayers used in the daily "prayer meeting".[2] In 1703, Christian Heinrich and King Frederick I of Prussia concluded the Treaty of Schönberg, in which Christian Heinrich ceded Brandenburg-Ansbach to Prussia in exchange for the Weferlingen district near Magdeburg. The family then moved to Weferlingen Castle.

After her husband's death, her son-in-law, King Christian VI of Denmark, invited her to Denmark, which became a Pietist refuge.[3]

Sophie Christiane died in 1737 and was buried in Roskilde Cathedral.


Sophie Christiane from her marriage had 14 children:

  1. Georg Frederick Karl (b. Schloss Oberzulzbürg, 30 June 1688 - d. Bayreuth, 17 May 1735), who finally inherited Bayreuth in 1726.
  2. Albert Wolfgang (b. Schloss Obersulzbürg, 8 December 1689 - killed in action, near Parma, 29 June 1734).
  3. Dorothea Charlotte (b. Schloss Obersulzbürg, 15 March 1691 - d. Weikersheim, 18 March 1712); married on 7 August 1711 to Karl Ludwig, Count of Hohenlohe-Weikersheim.
  4. Frederick Emanuel (b. Schloss Obersulzbürg, 13 February 1692 - d. Schloss Obersulzbürg, 13 January 1693).
  5. Christiane Henriette (b. Schloss Obersulzbürg, 29 August 1693 - d. Schönberg, 19 May 1695).
  6. Frederick Wilhelm (b. Schönberg, 12 January 1695 - d. Schönberg, 13 May 1695).
  7. Christiane (b. and d. Schönberg, 31 October 1698).
  8. Christian August (b. Schönberg, 14 July 1699 - d. Schönberg, 29 July 1700).
  9. Sophie Magdalene (b. Schönberg, 28 November 1700 - d. Christiansborg Castle, 27 May 1770); married on 7 August 1721 to King Christian VI of Denmark.
  10. Christine Wilhelmine (b. Schönberg, 17 June 1702 - d. Schönberg, 19 March 1704).
  11. Frederick Ernest (b. Schönberg, 15 December 1703 - d. Schloss Friedrichsruhe in Drage, 23 June 1762); married on 26 December 1731 to Christine Sophie of Brünswick-Bevern. The union was childless.
  12. Marie Eleonore (b. Schönberg, 28 December 1704 - d. Schönberg, 4 June 1705).
  13. Sophie Caroline (b. Weferlingen, 31 March 1705 - d. Sorgenfri Castle, 7 June 1764); married on 8 December 1723 to George Albert, Prince of East Frisia.
  14. Frederick Christian (b. posthumously, Weferlingen, 17 July 1708 - d. Bayreuth, 20 January 1769), inherited Bayreuth in 1763.
Sophie Christiane of Wolfstein
House of Wolfstein
Born: 24 October 1667 Died: 23 August 1737
German nobility
Title last held by
Sophie Marie of Solms-Baruth-Wildenfels
Margravine consort of Brandenburg-Bayreuth-Kulmbach
14 August 1687 – 5 April 1708
Title next held by
Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Beck



  1. Archiv für Geschichte von Oberfranken, vol. 5-6, 1851, p. 27 Digitized
  2. Barbara Becker-Cantarino: Daphnis: Zeitschrift fur Mittlere Deutsche Literatur und Kultur der Fruhen Neuzeit, vol. 31, Rodopi, 2004, p. 598
  3. August Tholuck: Geschichte des Rationalismus, Wiegandt und Grieben, 1865, S. 70
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