Countess Palatine Anna Maria of Neuburg

Countess Palatine Anna Maria of Neuburg (18 August 1575, Neuburg an der Donau – 11 February 1643, Dornburg) was Countess Palatine of Neuburg and by marriage Duchess of Saxe-Weimar.

Anna Maria of Neuburg
Duchess consort of Saxe-Weimar
Tenure9 September 1591 – 7 July 1602
Born(1575-08-18)18 August 1575
Neuburg an der Donau
Died11 February 1643(1643-02-11) (aged 67)
Brethren Church, Altenburg
SpouseFrederick William I, Duke of Saxe-Weimar
among others...
Johann Philipp, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
Friedrich, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
Johann Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
Dorothea, Duchess of Saxe-Eisenach
Friedrich Wilhelm II, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
FatherPhilip Louis, Count Palatine of Neuburg
MotherAnna of Jülich-Cleves-Berg

Life Edit

Anna Maria was the eldest child of the Count Palatine and Duke Philip Louis of Neuburg (1547–1614) and Anna (1552–1632), daughter of Duke William of Jülich-Cleves-Berg.

She was married on 9 September 1591 in Neuburg to Duke Frederick William I of Saxe-Weimar (1562–1602). On the occasion of the marriage, a medal was minted in gold, representing the couple, one on each side with a bust.[1] In 1604 she moved with her children from Weimar to Altenburg, which was separated from Weimar as an independent Duchy of Saxe-Altenburg for her sons. After she was widowed in 1602, Anna Maria sank into deep sadness and from 1612, she lived separate from her children on her Wittum, the District and City of Dornburg. During an attack on her Dornburg Castle by a Croatian force under General Tilly in 1631, during the Thirty Years' War, Anna Maria resisted the attackers but was robbed and wounded in the cheek. With the help of citizens rushed to the scene, the attackers were averted. Out of gratitude for this assistance, the Duchess donated a chalice to the local church.

Anna Maria died in 1643 and was buried in the brick royal crypt in the Brethren Church in Altenburg.[2]

Issue Edit

From her marriage With Frederic William, Anna Maria had the following children:

married in 1618 princess Elisabeth of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (1593–1650)
  • Anna Sophie (1598–1641)
married in Duke in 1618 Charles Frederick I of Münsterberg-Oels (1593–1647)
married in 1633 Duke Albert IV of Saxe-Eisenach (1599–1644)
married firstly in 1638 Princess Sophie Elisabeth of Brandenburg (1616–1650)
married secondly, in 1652 Princess Magdalene Sibylle of Saxony (1617–1668)

References Edit

  • Luise Hallof, Klaus Hallof: The inscriptions of the district Jena, Akademie Verlag, 1995, p. 159 ff.
  • Association for Thuringian history and archeology, Jena: Journal of the Society for Thuringian History and Archaeology, Volume 6-7, G. Fischer, 1865, p. 248 ff.
  • Johann Samuel Ersch: General Encyclopedia of the sciences and arts, Volume 50, J.f. Gleditsch, 1849, p. 81

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Footnotes Edit

  1. ^ Johann G. Gruner: History of Frederick William I, 1791, p. 71
  2. ^ Christian Häutle: Genealogy of illustrious House of Wittelsbach, 1870, p. 183
Countess Palatine Anna Maria of Neuburg
Born: 18 August 1575 Died: 11 February 1643
German royalty
Title last held by
Sophie of Württemberg
Duchess consort of Saxe-Weimar
9 September 1591 – 7 July 1602
Succeeded by