Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg, Duchess of Mecklenburg

Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg (born: circa 1400; died: 22 September 1450), was a Baroness consort of Werle-Güstrow, a Duchess consort of Mecklenburg, and Regent of the Duchy of Mecklenburg from 1422 to 1436 as the guardian of her under age sons.

Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg
Borncirca 1400
Died22 September 1450
SpouseJohn VII of Werle
John IV, Duke of Mecklenburg
IssueHenry IV, Duke of Mecklenburg
John V, Duke of Mecklenburg
FatherEric IV, Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg
MotherSophia von Braunschweig-Lüneburg


Catherine was the daughter of Eric IV and Sophia of Brunswick-Lüneburg. She married firstly, John VII of Werle. He died in 1414. She then married the Duke John IV of Mecklenburg in 1416. When John died in 1422, after six years of marriage, she ruled until 1436 as Regent for her minor sons.

For a long time, a charter date July 1448 was the last known document to name Catherine. Then a charter surfaced which suggested she died in November. Around the turn of the Century, Hans Witte could finally prove she died on St. Maurice day (22 September) 1450.


From her marriage with John, Catherine had two sons:

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