Erdmuthe of Brandenburg

Erdmuthe of Brandenburg (26 June 1561 in Berlin – 13 November 1623 in Stolp) was a Princess of Brandenburg and by marriage Duchess of Pomerania.

Erdmuthe of Brandenburg
Erdmuthe of Brandenburg, Duchess of Pomerania-Stettin
Born26 June 1561
Died13 November 1623(1623-11-13) (aged 62)
SpouseJohn Frederick, Duke of Pomerania
FatherJohn George, Elector of Brandenburg
MotherSabina of Brandenburg-Ansbach


Erdmuthe was the eldest daughter of the Elector of Brandenburg John George (1525–1598) from his second marriage to Sabina (1548–1575), daughter of the Margrave George of Brandenburg-Ansbach-Kulmbach. The princess was her father's favorite child on account of her love for science and Latin literature.

She married on 17 February 1577 in Stettin (Szczecin) John Frederick of Pomerania (1542–1600). At the age of 7 years she was engaged to the 26 years old John Frederick. On this occasion, the old inheritance treaty between the two houses and the entitlements in case one of them would go extinct, were redefined.[1] The marriage was described as a happy one, but it remained childless. After a miscarriage, Elizabeth of Doberschütz gave her a drug to lower the fever. Elizabeth was later accused of having bewitched Erdmuthe and making her barren.

Erdmuthe was instrumental in the initiation of the marriage of her nephew Christian II of Saxony with Hedwig of Denmark and Norway.[2] In 1596, she wrote a prayer book for her sister Sophie (1568–1622), which is one of the oldest prayer books for women.[3]

After her husband died on 9 February 1600, Erdmuthe received the district of Stolp as Wittum and lived in the castle of Stolp. After the death of Schantes of Tessen in 1608, she also spent time on the outwork of Schmolsin castle.[4][5] She appointed Michael Brüggemann as a chaplain at the Castle Church in Stolp.[6]


  • Daniel Martin Ernst Kirchner: The Electors and queens on the throne of the Hohenzollerns, Wiegandt & Greaves, 1867, p. 30
  1. ^ Felix Eberty: History of the Prussian State, Volume 1: 1411-1688, Breslau 1867 p. 143
  2. ^ Ute Essegern: Princesses at the Saxon court, Leipzig University Press, 2007, p. 59
  3. ^ Britta-Juliane Kruse: Widows: Cultural History of an estate in Late Medieval and Early Modern Times, Walter de Gruyter, 2007, p. 106
  4. ^ Christian Friedrich Wutstrack: Short historical-geographical-statistical description of the royal Prussian Duchy of Hither and Farther Pomerania. Stettin 1793, p. 128 and p. 716
  5. ^ Ludwig Wilhelm Brüggemann: Detailed description of the current state of the Prussian Royak Duchies Hither and Farther Pomerania, Part II, Vol. 2: Description of the Farther Pomeranian circles belonging to the judicial district of the Royal College in Köslin, Stettin 1784, p. 937
  6. ^ Günther Schulz: Church in the East, volume 37, Oxford University Press, 1994, p. 45

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