Dorothea Sophia, Abbess of Quedlinburg
Duchess Dorothea Sophia of Saxe-Altenburg (19 December 1587 – 10 February 1645) was Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg.
|Princess-Abbess of Quedlinburg|
|Reign||21 April 1618 - 10 February 1645|
|Successor||Anna Sophia I|
|Born||19 December 1587|
|Died||10 February 1645 (aged 57)|
|Father||Friedrich Wilhelm I, Duke of Saxe-Weimar|
|Mother||Sophie of Württemberg|
Dorothea Sophia prohibited her clergy to deny absolution to a person who made a genuine and contrite confession. However, if the same parishioner repeated the sin, they were to face increasingly severe chastisement and, finally, a referral to the consistory. She proscribed that these parishioners would not be able to serve as godparents, nor be buried according to tradition or within consecrated ground. These decisions were a lot like the previous Catholic practice. She also took measures to prevent secret engagements, declaring that every engagement has to be witnessed by three men and publicly announced.
- Karant-Nunn, Susan C. (1997). The Reformation of ritual: an interpretation of early modern Germany. Routledge. ISBN 0-415-11337-7. Retrieved 9 July 2009.