Princess Louise Charlotte of Brandenburg
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Louise Charlotte of Brandenburg (13 September 1617 – 28 August 1676), was a Duchess consort of Courland by marriage to Duke Jacob Kettler of Courland. She was the de facto ruler of Courland during the reign of her spouse.
|Louise Charlotte of Brandenburg|
|Duchess of Courland|
|Born||13 September 1617|
|Died||28 August 1676 (aged 58)|
Mitau, Duchy of Courland and Semigallia
|Spouse||Duke Jacob Kettler of Courland|
|Issue||Ladislaus Louis Frederick Kettler|
Frederick Casimir Kettler
Charles Jacob Kettler
Louise Elisabeth, Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg
Christina Sophia Kettler
Charlotte Sophia Kettler, Abbess of Herford
Maria Amalia, Landgravine of Hesse-Kassel
|House||House of Hohenzollern|
|Father||George William, Elector of Brandenburg|
|Mother||Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate|
Raised as a Calvinist, she practiced this faith all her life. In 1638 her family moved to Königsberg where she made contact with local group of poets led by Simon Dach. After Louise Charlotte reached maturity she received first marriage proposals. In total she was proposed to eight times. Among others were King of Poland Władysław IV. However, Louise Charlotte and her parents decided in favour of prince of Courland Jacob Kettler.
Louise Charlotte is attributed to have had a large influence over the policy of state during the reign of her consort. She worked with her brother in the interest of Brandenburg, but is also credited to have contributed to the greatness of Courland during her tenure.
She received several manors as a dowry, and administered them very wise and practically. She actively established gardens there and developed dairying. Also she was known as fair and kind landlord to her peasants.
In 1658 she, together with Duke Jacob and all the family were kept as prisoners by the Swedes in Riga and later in Ivangorod. They were eventually released and were able to return to their duchy only in 1660, but all their properties and land was heavily devastated.
The negotiations between Brandenburg, Russia, Sweden and Poland took place in Mitau during her de facto reign.
|Louise Elisabeth Kettler||12 August 1646||16 December 1690||married Frederick II, Landgrave of Hesse-Homburg; had issue; died aged 44|
|Ladislaus Louis Frederick Kettler||14 December 1647||31 March 1648||never married; died aged 3 months|
|Christina Sophia Kettler||15 May 1649||9 June 1651||never married; died aged 2|
|Frederick II Casimir Kettler||6 July 1650||22 January 1698||married (1) Countess Sophie Amalie of Nassau-Siegen; had issue (2) Margravine Elisabeth Sophie of Brandenburg; had issue; died aged 48|
|Charlotte Sophia Kettler||17 September 1651||1 December 1728||never married; became the Abbess in Herford; died aged 76|
|Maria Amalia Anna Kettler||12 June 1653||16 June 1711||married Charles I, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel; had issue; died aged 58|
|Charles Jacob Kettler||20 October 1654||29 December 1677||never married; died aged 23|
|Ferdinand Kettler||2 November 1655||4 May 1737||married Princess Johanna Magdalene of Saxe-Weissenfels; no issue; died aged 81|
|Alexander Kettler||16 October 1658||1686||never married; died aged 28|
- Albrecht Schöne: Kürbishütte und Königsberg, S. 46.
Princess Louise Charlotte of BrandenburgBorn: 13 September 1617 Died: 29 August 1676
Duchess Sophie of Prussia
| Duchess consort of Courland
Sophie Amalie of Nassau-Siegen