Person:Elizabeth of Denmark, Duchess of Brunswick (1)

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Elizabeth of Denmark, Duchess of Brunswick
b.25 Aug 1573
d.19 Jun 1626
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Name Elizabeth of Denmark, Duchess of Brunswick
Gender Female
Birth[1] 25 Aug 1573
Marriage 19 Apr 1590 Kronbergto Henry Julius , Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Death[1] 19 Jun 1626

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Elisabeth of Denmark (25 August 1573 – 19 June 1626) was duchess consort of Brunswick-Lüneburg as married to Duke Henry Julius of Brunswick-Lüneburg. She was regent of Brunswick-Lüneburg in 1616-1622.

She was the eldest daughter of King Frederick II of Denmark and his spouse Sophie of Mecklenburg-Güstrow. First raised with her maternal grand parents, she returned to Denmark in 1579.

Scottish ambassadors had at first concentrated their suit on Elisabeth as a prospective wife for King James VI of Scotland, but King Frederick betrothed Elisabeth to the Duke of Brunswick, promising the Scots instead that "for the second daughter Anna, if the King did like her, he should have her".

She was married in 1590 to Duke Henry Julius of Brunswick-Lüneburg and had ten children:

  1. Frederick Ulrich (15 April 1591 – 21 August 1634)
  2. Sophia Hedwig (20 February 1592 – 23 January 1642), married Ernest Casimir, Prince of Nassau-Dietz
  3. Elisabeth (23 June 1593 – 25 March 1650), married Augustus, Duke of Saxony, and John Philip, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg
  4. Hedwig (19 February 1595 – 26 June 1650), married Ulrich, Duke of Pomerania
  5. Dorothea (8 July 1596 – 1 September 1643), married Christian William, Margrave of Brandenburg, son of Joachim III Frederick, Elector of Brandenburg
  6. Heinrich Julius(7 October 1597 – 11 July 1606)
  7. Christian (20 September 1599 – 16 July 1626)
  8. Rudolph (15 June 1602 – 13 June 1616)
  9. Heinrich Karl (4 September 1609 – 11 June 1615)
  10. Anna Augusta (19 May 1612 – 17 February 1673), married George Louis, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg

When her future spouse first arrived for the wedding in 1590, he disguised himself as a jeweler; he presented her with jewelry, and stated that prize was her body. As a result, he was thrown in jail until he could prove his identity and explain that it had been a joke. As duchess, she remained in close correspondence with her brother, the Danish monarch.

After the death of her husband in 1613, she reigned in her dowry. After three years she removed her son, Friederich Ulrich, from the government together with her brother, Christian IV of Denmark, and she remained in charge for the next six years. She received a visit from her brother Christian in 1616. In 1617 she founded the Retreat for the Poor with a chapel (Elisabeth Stift). During the Thirty Years War (1618–1648) the castle was raided and was not repaired until 1654.

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  2.   Elizabeth Oldenburg, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.