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Marie Hedwig Auguste of Sulzbach (German: Marie Hedwig Auguste von Sulzbach; born: 15 April 1650 in Sulzbach; died: 23 November 1681 in Hamburg) was a Countess Palatine of Sulzbach by birth and by marriage, Archduchess of Austria and by her second marriage, Duchess of Saxe-Lauenburg.

Marie Hedwig Auguste of the Palatinate-Sulzbach
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Full name
Marie Hedwig Auguste
Born(1650-04-15)15 April 1650
Died23 November 1681(1681-11-23) (aged 31)
BuriedWhite Castle at Ostrov
Noble familyHouse of Wittelsbach
Spouse(s)Sigismund Francis, Archduke of Austria
Julius Francis, Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg
FatherChristian August, Count Palatine of Sulzbach
MotherAmalie of Nassau-Siegen


Hedwig was a daughter of the Duke and Count Palatine Christian August of Sulzbach (1622–1708) from his marriage to Amalie (1615–1669), daughter of Count John VII of Nassau-Siegen.

She was married on 3 June 1665 per cura in the court chapel of Sulzbach to Archduke Sigismund Francis of Austria-Tyrol (1630–1665), who after his brother's unexpected death had resigned from his ecclesiastical positions in order to marry. The marriage was never consummated: while travelling to meet his bride, the Archduke fell seriously ill and died in Innsbruck twelve days after the marriage.

Hedwig's second marriage, in Sulzbach on 9 April 1668, was with Duke Julius Francis of Saxe-Lauenburg (1641–1689). Her father had a memorial stone erected in the Sulzbach parish church to commemorate the event.[1] Hedwig had been assured an annual income of 20000guilders at her first marriage; Julius Francis made a deal with the imperial court, in which Hedwig would receive a lump sum instead.

Hedwig died in 1681 and was buried in the White Castle at Ostrov (German: Schlackenwerth).


Hedwig from her second marriage had the following children:

married firstly in 1690 Count Palatine Philip William of Neuburg (1668-1693)
married secondly 1697 Grand Duke Gian Gastone de' Medici of Tuscany (1671-1737)
married in 1690 Margrave Louis William of Baden-Baden (1655-1707)

References and sourcesEdit

  • Theologische Quartalschrift, vol. 50, H. Laupp, 1868, p. 106 Digitized
  • Johann Samuel Ersch: Allgemeine Encyclopädie der Wissenschaften und Künste, section 2 part 28, J. f. Gleditsch, 1851, p. 363


  1. ^ Georg Hager, Georg Lill: Bezirksamt Sulzbach, vol 19, Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, 1982, p. 94