Elisabeth of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Duchess of Saxe-Altenburg

Elisabeth of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel
Duchess of Saxe-Altenburg
Born (1593-06-23)23 June 1593
Died 25 March 1650(1650-03-25) (aged 56)

August of Saxony

John Philip of Saxe-Altenburg
Issue Elisabeth Sophie
Father Henry Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Mother Elizabeth of Denmark and Norway

Elisabeth of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (23 June 1593, Wolfenbüttel 25 March 1650, Altenburg) was a princess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel and by marriage Duchess of Saxe-Altenburg.


Elisabeth was the daughter of Duke Henry Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1564–1613) from his second marriage with Elizabeth (1573–1625), eldest daughter of King Frederick II of Denmark.

Elisabeth married first on 1 January 1612 in Dresden, to Duke August of Saxony (1589–1615), the administrator of the diocese of Naumburg. August suddenly died at the age of 26, after only three years of marriage.

Elisabeth's second husband was John Philip of Saxe-Altenburg (1597–1639). They married on 25 October 1618 in Altenburg.

Elisabeth died on 25 March 1650 in Altenburg and was buried in the Brethren Church in Altenburg, to which she had donated a beaker.[1] The motto of the Duchess, who was with both an Albertine and an Ernestine,[2] was: All my delight is in God.[3] An oval gold ducats exists, depicting Elisabeth exists, showing her efigy on the obverse and a crowned "E" on the reverse. Elisabeth was a member of the virtuous society under the name the Pious.[4]


From her second marriage, Elisabeth had one daughter:

married in 1636 Duke Ernst I of Saxe-Gotha (1601–1675)



  1. C. E. von Malortie: contributions to the history of Brunswick-Lüneburg house and yard, Volume 2, Han'sche Hofbuchhandlung, 1864, p. 154
  2. Theodore O. Weigel, Gustav Eduard Köhler: album of autographs for two hundred years celebration on 24 October 1848 of the Peace Treaty of Westphalia on 24 October 1648, T. O. Weigel, 1849, p. 9
  3. Max Lbe. Mottos: devices and aphorisms, Kessinger Publishing, LLC, 2009, p. 210
  4. Erika Alma Metzger, Richard E. Schade, Language societies, gallant female poets, Rodopi, 1989, p. 617

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