Elisabeth of Bavaria, Electress of Saxony
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Elisabeth of Bavaria, Electress of Saxony

Elisabeth of Bavaria-Munich (2 February 1443 in Munich – 5 March 1484 in Leipzig) was a princess of Bavaria-Munich by birth and by marriage Electress of Saxony.

Life

Elizabeth was a daughter of the Duke Albert the Pious of Bavaria-Munich (1401-1460) from his marriage to Anna of Brunswick-Grubenhagen-Einbeck (1420-1474), daughter of the Duke Eric I of Brunswick-Grubenhagen.

She married on 25 November 1460 in Leipzig [1] with the prince who later became the Elector Ernest of Saxony (1441-1486). The engagement took place some ten years before and the marriage should have taken place in 1456, according to the marriage agreement. In 1471, a new palace was built on the Castle Hill in Meissen, as a residence for the royal household. Elisabeth was a key influencing factor for the careful education of her children and especially their scientific training.[2] The marriage of the royal couple was seen as happy and Ernest loved his wife dearly.[3]

The Princess, who is considered the matriarch of the Ernestine line of the House of Wettin, died after a long illness, aged 41. At the end of her life, she was bedridden and for her care a bed with wheels and a hoist was used.[4] Elisabeth died almost simultaneously with her son Adalbert and her mother-in-law Margaret.[] Ernest died in August of the same year.[] Elizabeth's son, Frederick the Wise was said to have written to Spalatin that he had ridden from one funeral to the next.[5]

Children

From their marriage with Ernest, Elizabeth had the following children:

married in 1478 King John I of Denmark, Norway and Sweden (1455-1513)
married firstly in 1500 Princess Sophie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1481-1503)
married secondly in 1513 Princess Margarete of Anhalt (1494-1521)
married in 1487 Duke Henry I of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1468-1532)
  • Wolfgang (1473-1478)

Ancestors

Footnotes

  1. ^ Gustav von Hasselholdt-Stockheim: Herzog Albrecht IV. von Bayern und seine Zeit, Wagner, 1865, p. 328
  2. ^ Johann Christian Konrad Hofmann: Zeitschrift für Protestantismus und Kirche, vol 44-45, A. Deichert, 1862, p. 2
  3. ^ Franz Otto Stichart: Das Königreich Sachsen und seine Fürsten, C. L. Hirschfeld, 1854, p. 97
  4. ^ Carola Fey, Steffen Krieb, Werner Rösener: Mittelalterliche Fürstenhöfe und ihre Erinnerungskulturen, V&R Unipress GmbH, 2007, p. 267
  5. ^ Karl Wilhelm Böttiger: Geschichte des Kurstaates und Königreiches Sachsen, vol. 2, F. A. Perthes, 1867, p. 409

References

Elisabeth of Bavaria, Electress of Saxony
Born: 7 September 1464 Died: 5 March 1486
Royal titles
Preceded by
Margaret of Austria
Electress of Saxony
7 September 1464 – 5 March 1486
Vacant
Title next held by
Sibylle of Cleves

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