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Magdalene Sibylle of Prussia (1586-1659), was an Electress of Saxony as the spouse of John George I, Elector of Saxony.

Daughter of Albert Frederick, Duke of Prussia and Marie Eleonore of Cleves, she was married on 19 July 1607 in Torgau.

She had ten children:

  1. Stillborn son (Dresden, 18 July 1608).
  2. Sophie Eleonore (b. Dresden, 23 November 1609 - d. Darmstadt, 2 June 1671), married on 1 April 1627 to Landgrave Georg II of Hesse-Darmstadt.
  3. Marie Elisabeth (b. Dresden, 22 November 1610 - d. Husum, 24 October 1684), married on 21 February 1630 to Duke Frederick III of Holstein-Gottorp.
  4. Christian Albert (b. Dresden, 4 March 1612 - d. Dresden, 9 August 1612).
  5. Johann Georg II (b. Dresden, 31 May 1613 - d. Freiberg, 22 August 1680), successor of his father as Elector of Saxony.
  6. August (b. Dresden, 13 August 1614 - d. Halle, 4 August 1680), inherited Weissenfels as Duke.
  7. Christian I (b. Dresden, 27 October 1615 - d. Merseburg, 18 October 1691), inherited Merseburg as Duke.
  8. Magdalene Sibylle (b. Dresden, 23 December 1617 - d. Schloss Altenburg, 6 January 1668), married firstly on 5 October 1634 to Crown Prince Christian, eldest son and heir of King Christian IV of Denmark; and secondly, on 11 October 1652, to Duke Frederick Wilhelm II of Saxe-Altenburg.
  9. Maurice (b. Dresden, 28 March 1619 - d. Moritzburg, 4 December 1681), inherited Zeitz as Duke.
  10. Heinrich (b. Dresden, 27 June 1622 - d. Dresden, 15 August 1622).

She was a friend of the Swedish queen Maria Eleonora of Brandenburg and was interested in painting, poetry and gardening. She used Swedish prisoners of war to the work on the Dresdner Festungsbau. As a widow in 1656, she retired to the Dresdner Frau Kurfürstin-Haus.

Sources

  • This page is a translation of its German equivalent.

Succession

Preceded by
Hedwig of Denmark
Electress of Saxony
1611 – 1656
Succeeded by
Magdalene Sybille of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
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