Catherine of Brunswick-Lüneburg

Catherine of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1395 – 28 December 1442, Grimma) was a member of the House of Welf, a princess of Brunswick-Lüneburg and by marriage, the Electress of Saxony.

Catherine of Brunswick-Lüneburg
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Catherine and her husband Frederick I.
Electress consort of Saxony
Tenure6 January 1423 – 4 January 1428
Bornc. 1395
Died28 December 1441 (aged 45–46)
SpouseFrederick I, Elector of Saxony
IssueFrederick II, Elector of Saxony
William III, Duke of Luxembourg
HouseHouse of Welf
FatherHenry the Mild, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
MotherSophie of Pomerania
ReligionRoman Catholicism


Catherine was the only daughter and second child of the Duke Henry I of Brunswick-Lüneburg († 1416) from his first marriage to Sophie († June 1400), daughter of Duke Wartislaw VI of Pomerania.

As a 7-year-old she married on 7 February 1402 Margrave Frederick IV "the Warlike" of Meissen (1370–1428),[1] who in 1425 became the first Elector of Saxony, as Frederick I. The elector lost a large part of his army in the Hussite Wars in a battle in 1425 at Most. During Frederick's absence, Electress Catherine organized another army of 20,000 men, which rushed to Frederick's aid, but was defeated devastatingly in the Battle of Aussig in 1426.

Catherine spent time with her husband, but more frequently alone, at Mildenstein Castle in Leisnig, which thereby developed into a private residence of the Saxon Electors.

She is buried in the Princely Chapel in Meissen Cathedral.


From her marriage Catherine had the following children:

  1. Catherine, died young;
  2. Frederick II, Elector of Saxony (1412 – 1464);
  3. Sigismund, Bishop of Würzburg, (3 March 1416 – 24 December 1471);
  4. Anna, (5 June 1420 – 17 September 1462), married to Louis I, Landgrave of Hesse;
  5. Catherine, (1421 – 23 August 1476, Berlin), married to Frederick II, Elector of Brandenburg;
  6. Henry, (21 May 1422 – 22 July 1435);
  7. William III, Duke of Luxemburg (1425 – 1482), Landgrave of Thuringia, Duke of Luxemburg; married
    1. in 1446, Anne of Austria (1432–1462)
    2. in 1463, Catherine of Brandenstein († 1492)


  1. ^ Opitz, Gottfried (1961), "Friedrich I.", Neue Deutsche Biographie (in German), vol. 5, Berlin: Duncker & Humblot, p. 567; (full text online)
Catherine of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Born: circa 1395 Died: 28 December 1442
Royal titles
Preceded by
Euphemia of Siliesia
Electress consort of Saxony
Succeeded by