Sophie of Winzenburg
|Sophie of Winzenburg|
|Spouse(s)||Albert the Bear|
|Father||Herman I, Count of Winzenburg|
|Mother||Countess of Everstein|
Winzenburg, near Hanover
6 or 7 July 1160|
Brandenburg an der Havel
Sophie was a daughter of Count Herman I of Winzenburg and his first wife, who was a Countess of Everstein. She donated an oxgang of farmland near Wellen to the monastery at Leitzkau and later another oxgang near Wolmirsleben. In 1158, she accompanied her husband on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
Her sister, Beatrix, was abbess of Quedlinburg Abbey. Sophie and Beatrix both died in 1160. Some sources suggest that Sophie died on 25 March, other name 6 or 7 July. She was buried in the church of the monastery in Ballenstedt.
The present state of research is that the identity of her father has not been conclusively proven. She may have belonged to another noble house in which the name Sophie was used.
700 years after her death, a bracteate depicting Sophie and her husband was found in Aschersleben. Her portrait is stylized, as was usual in that period. The fact that Albert depicted his wife beside him on coins, is a sign of his extraordinary love for Sophie.
Marriage and issue
- Otto I, Margrave of Brandenburg (1126/1128 – 7 March 1184)
- Count Herman I of Orlamünde (died 1176)
- Siegfried (died 24 October 1184), Bishop of Brandenburg from 1173 to 1180, Prince-Archbishop of Bremen, the first ranked prince, from 1180 to 1184
- Heinrich (died 1185), a canon in Magdeburg
- Count Adalbert of Ballenstedt (died after 6 December 1172)
- Count Dietrich of Werben (died after 5 September 1183)
- Count Bernhard of Anhalt (1140 – 9 February 1212), Count of Anhalt, and from 1180 also Duke of Saxony as Bernard III
- Hedwig (d. 1203), married to Otto II, Margrave of Meissen
- Daughter, married c. 1152 to Vladislav of Olomouc, the eldest son of Soběslav I, Duke of Bohemia
- Adelheid (died 1162), a nun in Lamspringe
- Gertrude, married in 1155 to Duke Děpold I of Jamnitz
- Sybille (died c. 1170), Abbess of Quedlinburg
- Otto Dungern: Thronfolgerecht und Blutsverwandtschaft der deutschen Kaiser seit Karl dem Großen, Papiermühle, Vogt, 1910, p. 159
- Bettina Elpers: Regieren, Erziehen, Bewahren: mütterliche Regentschaften im Hochmittelalter, Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main, 2003, ISBN 978-3465032748, p. 152
- Internet portal for the state of Brandenburg
- genealogie-mittelalter.de. "Sophie von Winzenburg Gräfin von Ballenstedt". Retrieved 21 February 2010.
- German Wikipedia article on the find at Aschersleben
- Karlheinz Deschner: Kriminalgeschichte des Christentums, vol. 8, Rowohlt, 2006, ISBN 978-3499616709, p. 417