Erdmuthe of Brandenburg

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Erdmuthe of Brandenburg, 1580
Erdmuthe von Brandenburg, Duchess of Pomerania-Stettin, Andreas Riehl the Elder J. 1590

Erdmuthe von Brandenburg (born June 26, 1561 in Berlin , † November 13, 1623 in Stolp ) was a princess of Brandenburg and by marriage Duchess of Pomerania .


Erdmuthe was the eldest daughter of the Brandenburg Elector Johann Georg (1525–1598) from his second marriage to Sabina (1548–1575), daughter of Margrave Georg von Brandenburg-Ansbach . The princess was considered her father's favorite child because of her affection for science and Latin literature.

She married Duke Johann Friedrich von Pommern (1542–1600) in Stettin on February 17, 1577 . She was engaged to the 26-year-old Johann Friedrich at the age of 7. On this occasion, the old hereditary brotherhoods of the two houses were redefined and the rights in the event of extinction were determined. The marriage described as happy remained childless. After a miscarriage, she received an antipyretic from Elisabeth von Doberschütz , later accused Elisabeth von Doberschütz of having bewitched and sterile the Duchess with it.

Erdmuthe was instrumental in initiating the marriage of her nephew Christian II of Saxony with Hedwig of Denmark . In 1596 she wrote a prayer book for her sister Sophie , which is one of the oldest prayer books for women.

After the death of her husband on February 9th, 1600 Erdmuthe was given the post of Stolp as Wittum and lived in the castle of Stolp and since 1608 (after the death of Schwantes von Tessen ) also in the castle, which belonged to the Vorwerk von Schmolsin . She called Michael Brüggemann to the castle church of Stolp as chaplain .


  • Ernst Daniel Martin Kirchner: The electors and queens on the throne of the Hohenzollern. Wiegandt & Grieben, 1867, p. 30.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Felix Eberty : History of the Prussian State. Volume 1: 1411-1688. Breslau 1867, p. 143 ( ).
  2. Ute Essegern: Princesses at the Electoral Saxon Court. Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2007, p. 59.
  3. Britta-Juliane Kruse: Widows: Cultural history of a class in the late Middle Ages and early modern times. Walter de Gruyter, 2007, p. 106.
  4. ^ Christian Friedrich Wutstrack . Short historical-geographic-statistical description of the Royal Prussian Duchy of Western and Western Pomerania. Stettin 1793, p. 128 and p. 716.
  5. Ludwig Wilhelm Brüggemann : Detailed description of the current state of the Royal Prussian Duchy of Western and Western Pomerania. Part II, Volume 2: Description of the court district of the Royal. State colleges in Köslin belong to the Eastern Pomeranian districts. Stettin 1784, p. 937 ( ).
  6. ^ Günther Schulz: Church in the East. Volume 37, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1994, p. 45