Elisabeth of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (1567–1618)

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Elisabeth of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel

Elisabeth von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (born February 23, 1567 at Hesse Castle ; † October 24, 1618 in Otterndorf ) was a princess of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel and by marriage first Countess of Holstein-Schauenburg and then Duchess of Braunschweig-Harburg .


Elisabeth was a daughter of Duke Julius von Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel (1528–1589) from his marriage to Hedwig (1540–1602), daughter of Elector Joachim II of Brandenburg .

Her father first tried to have her elected abbess of the Gandersheim women's monastery , which became evangelical in 1568 at his pressure, in place of Margareta von Chlum, who had remained Catholic, in 1577 . He pursued this plan until 1582 without being able to assert himself with the chapter of the monastery.

Elisabeth then married Count Adolf XI in Wolfenbüttel on May 6, 1583 . von Holstein-Schauenburg (1547–1601). The only son of this marriage, Julius (* 1585) died in 1601 before his father.

After the death of her first husband, she married Duke Christoph von Braunschweig-Harburg (1570–1606) in Harburg Castle on October 28, 1604 . Christoph died two years after the marriage after a fall. The marriage had remained childless. Elisabeth lived in Bremen from 1609 at the expense of the city of Harburg , but returned in 1617 and died the following year. She was buried at the side of her second husband in Harburg.