Wenceslaus I, Duke of Saxe-Wittenberg

Wenceslas I, Duke of Saxe-Wittenberg
Spouse(s) Cecilia of Carrara
Noble family House of Ascania
Father Rudolf I, Duke of Saxe-Wittenberg
Mother Agnes of Lindow-Ruppin
Born c. 1337
Died 11 May 1388(1388-05-11)

Wenceslas I, Duke of Saxe-Wittenberg (c.1337 15 May 1388 in Celle) from the House of Ascania ruled from 1370 to 1388 and was a prince-elector of the Holy Roman Empire as well as Prince of Lüneburg. He was the son of Rudolf I and his 3rd wife, Agnes of Lindow-Ruppin.


In 1370 Wenceslas succeeded his brother Rudolf II. In 1376 he took part, as a prince-elector, in the election of Wenceslas IV of Bohemia as King of Germany and in 1377 stood by Emperor Charles IV in the Altmark. He was frequently active in the affairs of the empire on the side of the emperor. Charles IV granted Albert of Saxe-Wittenberg and his uncle Wenceslas I - and their house - the underlying entitlement to Brunswick and Lüneburg, but the two of them were unsuccessful in claiming this right through the Lüneburg War of Succession. In 1388 Wenceslas finally lost his claim at the battle of Winsen an der Aller.

He was in conflict with the Duke of Brabant over the right to carry the Imperial Sword ahead of the emperor.

He made state peace treaties with Anhalt, Magdeburg and Meißen.

During the siege of Celle Wenceslas died suddenly of a serious illness. Even his contemporaries suspected that he had been administered poison and that that was the cause of death. According to other traditional accounts, he died on 18 August 1402 which has however caused confusion over his grave.


On 23 January 1376 Wenceslas married Cecilia of Carrara (d. 1435), daughter of Francis of Carrara (born 29 September 1325 in Padua – died 6 October 1393 in Monza), Count of Padua. They had the following children:




    Wenceslaus I, Duke of Saxe-Wittenberg
    Born: about 1337 Died: 15 May 1388
    German nobility
    Preceded by
    Rudolf II
    Elector of Saxony
    Succeeded by
    Rudolf III
    Preceded by
    Magnus Torquatus
    Prince of Lüneburg
    with his nephew Albert (1370–1385)
    Succeeded by
    Bernard I and
    Henry I
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