Dorothy Catherine of Brandenburg-Ansbach

Dorothy Catherine of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Dorothy Catherine of Brandenburg-Ansbach
Born 23 February 1538(1538-02-23)
Died 18 January 1604(1604-01-18) (aged 65)

Dorothy Catherine of Brandenburg-Ansbach (23 February 1538, Ansbach – 18 January 1604, Toužim) was a princess of Brandenburg-Ansbach and by marriage burggravine of Meissen.


Dorothy Catherine was a daughter of the Margrave George of Brandenburg-Ansbach (1484–1543) from his third marriage to Emilie (1516–1591), daughter of Duke Henry of Saxony.

She married on 2 February 1556 in Gera Henry V of Plauen, Burgrave of Meissen (1533–1568). The wedding of the financially ailing burgrave was celebrated with a completely inappropriate splendor: 1,500 guest were there, with 970 horses, 250 of them noblemen. The wedding celebration plunged Henry in considerable debt, which caused him to conclude the treaty of Annaberg with Elector August of Saxony a few weeks later, on March 13. This treaty led to the loss of Vogtland.[1]

From her marriage, Dorothy Catherine had four sons, all named Henry. They were born between 1557 and 1567; they all died in infancy.

Dorothy Catherine died in 1604 and was buried next to her husband in the Mountain Church in Schleiz.[2]


  • Karl Friedrich Pauli: General Prussian state history, including all of its kingdoms, electorates, duchies, principalities, counties and lordships, from reliable sources and documents, up to the present government, CP Francken, 1762, p. 475 f.
  • John Gottlieb Jahn: Documentary History of the town of Oelsnitz and the castle and the district of Voigtsberg, Expedition des Oelsnitzer, 1841, p. 69


  1. ^ Archive for the Saxon History, Volume 10, B. Touchnitz, 1865, p. 140 (digitized)
  2. ^ Johann Gottlieb Stemler: History of Zeulenroda, p. 97 ([1])

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