|Anna Maria of Mecklenburg-Schwerin|
Engraving by Johannes Frentzel, 1654.
|Duchess consort of Saxe-Weisselfels|
|Born||1 July 1627|
|Died||11 December 1669 42) (aged|
|Spouse||Augustus, Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels|
|Issue|| Magdalene Sibylle, Duchess of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg |
Johann Adolf I, Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels
Princess Anna Maria
Sophie, Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst
Christine, Princess of Holstein-Gottorp
Henry, Count of Barby
|Father||Adolf Frederick I, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin|
|Mother||Anna Maria of Ostfriesland|
Anna Maria of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (1 July 1627, in Schwerin – 11 December 1669, in Halle) was a German noblewoman, a member of the House of Mecklenburg and by marriage Duchess of Saxe-Weissenfels.
She was the fourth child and second daughter of Adolf Frederick I, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin by his first wife Anna Maria, daughter of Enno III, Count of Ostfriesland.In older historiography she appears with a third name, Dorothea, but modern historians have discarded it.
The wars involving Mecklenburg forced her father to send Anna Maria and her two older brothers, Christian Louis and Karl, first to Sweden and shortly afterwards to Denmark, to the court of Dowager Queen Sophia (born Duchess of Mecklenburg-Güstrow). In 1629 Anna Maria was sent to Saxony with Dowager Electress Hedwig, to the latter's dower state, Castle Lichtenberg near Prettin, where she was educated. After Hedwig's death in 1642, Anna Maria returned to Schwerin, where she was reunited with her father, her mother having died in 1634. She also probably then met for the first time her stepmother, Marie Katharina of Brunswick-Dannenberg, and her three surviving half-siblings. Anna Maria was her father's favorite child as demonstrated by the cordial, even affectionate tone of the letters that they wrote to each other.
On 23 November 1647, in Schwerin, Anna Maria married Augustus, second surviving son of Johann Georg I, Elector of Saxony, and moved with her husband to Halle, the main city of his domains as Administrator of the Archbishopric of Magdeburg. During her marriage, she bore twelve children, including three daughters who died in infancy in 1663.
On 22 April 1657 her husband, by the terms of his father's will, received the towns of Weissenfels and Querfurt as his own Duchy, and hence Anna Maria became Duchess consort of Saxe-Weissenfels.
Anna Maria died on 11 December 1669 in Halle and was buried in a magnificent coffin in the Schloss Neu-Augustusburg in Weissenfels. Her three infant daughters who had been buried in the Halle Cathedral were reinterred with her.
In Schwerin on 23 November 1647 Anna Maria married Augustus, Duke of Saxe-Weissenfels. They had twelve children:
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Anna Maria of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Cadet branch of the House of MecklenburgBorn: 1 July 1627 Died: 11 December 1669
|New title|| Duchess consort of Saxe-Weissenfels |
Title next held byJohanna Walpurgis of Leiningen-Westerburg