Elisabeth Sophia of Brandenburg

Elisabeth Sophia Hohenzollern von Brandenburg, commonly known as Elisabeth Sophia of Brandenburg (13 July 1589 – 24 December 1629), was a Princess of Brandenburg and the daughter of John George, Elector of Brandenburg, and his third wife, Elisabeth of Anhalt-Zerbst. Elisabeth Sophia married twice, with her second marriage giving her the title Duchess of Saxe-Lauenburg. She lived to the age of forty, dying on Christmas Eve 1629.

Elisabeth Sophia of Brandenburg
Princess of Brandenburg
Duchess of Saxe-Lauenburg
Brandenburg Court miniaturist (Royal Collection) - Elisabeth Sophia of Brandenburg.jpg
Portrait of Elisabeth Sophia completed in 1593, around the age of four.[1]
Full name
Elisabeth Sofie Hohenzollern von Brandenburg
Born13 July 1589
Berlin or Colln, Margraviate of Brandenburg
Died24 December 1629 (age 40)
Frankfurt an der Oder, Margraviate of Brandenburg
Nationality Margraviate of Brandenburg
Noble familyHohenzollern
Spouse(s)Janusz Radziwill
(m. 1613 - his death in 1620)
Julius Henry, Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg
(m. 1628 - Elisabeth's death in 1629)
IssueBoguslaw Radziwill
Elizabeth Eleanor Radziwill
John George Radziwill
Sophia Agnes Radziwill
Francis Erdmann
FatherJohn George, Elector of Brandenburg
MotherElisabeth of Anhalt-Zerbst


Early lifeEdit

Elisabeth Sophia was born on 13 July 1589, either in Berlin or in the adjacent city of Cölln, both of which were then located in the Margraviate of Brandenburg.

First marriageEdit

On 27 March 1613, Elisabeth Sophia was married in Berlin to Janusz Radziwiłł, a Polish noble who had been widowed the previous year by his wife, Zofia Olelkowicz Słucka.[2] On 3 May 1620, Elisabeth Sophia gave birth to Bogusław Radziwiłł, who would go on to govern the Duchy of Prussia.[3][4] Elisabeth Sophia bore three other children during this marriage, Elizabeth Eleanor, John George, and Sophia Agnes, but records of these children are not available, and it is likely that all but Bogusław died in infancy. Janusz died on 3 December 1620, leaving Elisabeth Sophia a widowed mother at the age of 31.[5][6]

Second marriageEdit

On 27 February 1628, Elisabeth Sophia entered into another marriage, this time with Julius Henry, Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg. On 25 February 1629, Elisabeth Sophia gave birth to another son, Francis Erdmann, Julius Henry's heir to the Duchy of Saxe-Lauenburg.[3]

Death and burialEdit

Elisabeth Sophia died in Frankfurt an der Oder on 24 December 1629, at the age of forty.[5]


  1. ^ "Brandenburg Court miniaturist (c. 1593) - Elizabeth Sophia, Margravine of Brandenburg (1589-1629)". www.rct.uk. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Short history of the Radziwill Family by Peter Paul Bajer". 31 December 2006. Archived from the original on 31 December 2006. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Person:Elisabeth Sophia of Brandenburg (1) - Genealogy". www.werelate.org. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  4. ^ The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge. Encyclopedia Americana Corporation. 1919.
  5. ^ a b "Elisabeth Sophie von Brandenburg". geneee.org. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  6. ^ Skiepjan, Anastazja A. (29 September 2017). "Pogrzeb Janusza Radziwiłła (1579–1620)". Klio - Czasopismo Poświęcone Dziejom Polski i Powszechnym (in Polish). 40 (1): 3–30. doi:10.12775/KLIO.2017.001. ISSN 1643-8191.