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Erdmuthe Dorothea of Saxe Zeitz

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Noble family  House of Wettin
Name  Erdmuthe of
Buried  Merseburg Cathedral
Died  April 29, 1720, Merseburg
Erdmuthe Dorothea of Saxe-Zeitz
Father  Maurice, Duke of Saxe-Zeitz
Mother  Dorothea Maria of Saxe-Weimar
Born  13 November 1661 Naumburg (1661-11-13)
Spouse  Christian II, Duke of Saxe-Merseburg (m. 1679–1694)
Children  Maurice Wilhelm, Duke of Saxe-Merseburg, Christian III Maurice, Duke of Saxe-Merseburg
Parents  Maurice, Duke of Saxe-Zeitz, Dorothea Maria of Saxe-Weimar, Duchess of Saxe-Zeitz
Cousins  Princess Eleonore Erdmuthe of Saxe-Eisenach
Grandparents  John George I, Elector of Saxony

Erdmuthe Dorothea of Saxe-Zeitz (13 November 1661 – 29 April 1720) was the wife of Duke Christian II of Saxe-Merseburg, whom she married on 14 October 1679 at Moritzburg Palace in Zeitz.

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Regent of the duchy of Saxe-Merseburg

After her husband's death on 20 October 1694, she took up the guardianship of her eldest son Christian III Maurice, and after his death twenty-five days later (14 November 1694), on behalf of his youngest son and next heir Maurice William, nicknamed Geigenherzog ("the violinist duke"), until he reached the age of 18 in 1712. She led the government and initiated the construction of a spa in Bad Lauchstadt. In 1710, she built a wooden well house in Bad Lauchstadt and planted lime trees, which formed a green arch.

Death

She died in 1720 on her widow seat Bundorf Castle and was buried in the ducal crypt in Merseburg Cathedral.

On the occasion of her death a gold ducat coin was minted. One of the four obelisks in the garden of Merseburg Castle is dedicated to her memory.

References

Erdmuthe Dorothea of Saxe-Zeitz Wikipedia


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