Albert IV, Duke of Saxe-Eisenach

Albrecht, Duke of Saxe-Eisenach, (Altenburg, 27 July 1599 – Eisenach, 20 December 1644) was a ruler of the duchy of Saxe-Eisenach. He was the seventh (but fourth surviving) son of Johann, Duke of Saxe-Weimar, and Dorothea Maria of Anhalt. His regnal name Albert IV derives from the numbering of the duchy of Saxony as a whole, not specifically to the succession in Saxe-Eisenach.

Albert IV
Duke of Saxe-Eisenach
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Duke of Saxe-Eisenach
PredecessorNew Creation
SuccessorWilhelm of Saxe-Weimar
Born(1599-07-27)27 July 1599
Died20 December 1644(1644-12-20) (aged 45)
SpouseDorothea of Saxe-Altenburg
HouseHouse of Wettin
FatherJohann, Duke of Saxe-Weimar
MotherDorothea Maria of Anhalt

Albrecht received his first instruction from the Field Marshal Frederick of Kospoth. Later he studied at the University of Jena with his brothers.

In the years 1619-1621 he completed his Cavalierstour (Study Tour) with his younger brother Johann Frederick. The two princes travelled to France and Switzerland.

After his return in 1621, Albrecht occupied himself with administrative duties until 1626. He also represented his absent brothers as regent.

In Weimar on 24 June 1633 Albrecht married Dorothea of Saxe-Altenburg, daughter of Frederick William I, Duke of Saxe-Weimar. The marriage was childless.

In accordance with a divisionary treaty concluded with his brothers, Albrecht received Eisenach in 1640. He died four years later, after which his state was merged with Saxe-Weimar under Wilhelm of Saxe-Weimar.


Preceded by
New Creation
Duke of Saxe-Eisenach
Succeeded by
Wilhelm of Saxe-Weimar