August II von Braunschweig-Lüneburg

male / German
Dannenberg (Lüchow-Dannenberg) 1579-04-10
Wolfenbüttel 1666-09-17
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He was the seventh son and youngest child of Duke Henry of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1533-1598) and Ursula of Saxe-Lauenburg. His first marriage was to Clara Maria of Pomerania-Barth, the eldest daughter of the Griffin duke Bogislaw XIII of Pomerania. The marriage produced two stillborn children. Clara Maria died on February 1623. In October 1623 he married Dorothea of Anhalt-Zerbst, daughter of the Ascanian prince Rudolph of Anhalt-Zerbst (she died oin September 1634.They had four children, of which two became Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg: Rudolph August (1627-1704) and Anton Ulrich (1633-1714). In 1635 the Duke married a third time, with Elisabeth Duchess of Mecklenburg. They had two surviving children Ferdinand Albert I and Marie Elisabeth).
Biographical information
Active in
  • Rostock
    study, while under the age of 25
  • Tübingen
    study, while under the age of 25
  • Straatsburg
    study, while under the age of 25
  • Italië
    Grand Tour, while under the age of 25
  • Frankrijk
    Grand Tour, while under the age of 25
  • Nederlanden (hist. regio)
    Grand Tour, while under the age of 25
  • Engeland
    Grand Tour, while under the age of 25
  • Hitzacker (Elbe) 1634
    As he was a younger son of the Dcal House he had little chance to rule or own much land: he settled at tage 25 in Hitacker with a small court for the next three decades, mostly occupied with his private studies
  • Braunschweig 1644 - 1666
    Succession arose in the midst of the Thirty Years' War, when the last Wolfenbüttel prince, Duke Frederick Ulrich of Brunswick-Lüneburg died without heirs in 1634. After lengthy and complicated negotiations with his reluctant Welf relatives and an intervention by Emperor Ferdinand II, it was finally agreed that Augustus should inherit the Wolfenbüttel principality. As he could not live in Brunswick Castle, due to the ravages of the Thirty Years War, he took up residence in Dankwarderode Castle near Brunswick. He had to wait till 1644 before he could move into the ducal residence in Brunswick.
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Creation date: 2017-06-22; Last modified date: 2021-07-29


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