Chapters: Augustus, Elector of Saxony. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 136. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Augustus I, Elector of Saxony (b. Freiberg, 31 July 1526 d. Dresden, 11 February 1586) was Elector of Saxony from 1553 to 1586. Augustus was born in Freiberg, the youngest child and third (but second surviving) son of Heinrich of Saxony and Katharina of Mecklenburg. He consequently belonged to the Albertine branch of the Wettin family. Brought up as a Lutheran, he received a good education and studied at the university of Leipzig. When Duke Heinrich died in 1541, he decreed that his lands should be divided equally between his two sons; but as his bequest was contrary to the Albertine Law, it was not carried out, and the Dukedom passed almost intact to his elder son, Maurice. Augustus, however, remained on friendly terms with his brother, and to further his policy spent some time at the court of Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor in Vienna. In 1544 Maurice secured the appointment of his brother as administrator of the bishopric of Merseburg; but Augustus was very extravagant and was soon compelled to return to the Saxon court at Dresden. Augustus supported his brother during the war of the Schmalkaldic League, and in the policy which culminated in the transfer of the Saxon electorate from John Frederick I, the head of the Ernestine branch of the Wettin family, to Maurice. In Torgau on 7 October 1548 Augustus was married to Anna, daughter of King Christian III of Denmark and Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg. They took up residence at Weissenfels. The couple had fifteen children: Soon after his marriage, Augustus desired a more imposing establishment. The result was that Maurice made more generous provision for his brother, who acted as Regent of Saxony in 1552 during the absence of t...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=430726
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