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Catherine Elisabeth of Brunswick-Lüneburg

Catherine Elisabeth of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Spouse(s) Gerhard VI, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg
Noble family House of Welf (by birth)
House of Schauenburg (by marriage)
Father Magnus II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Mother Catherine of Anhalt-Bernburg
Born 1385
Died after 1423

Catherine Elisabeth of Brunswick-Lüneburg (1385 – after 1423) was Duchess consort of Schleswig and Countess consort of Holstein-Rendsburg. She was the regent of some of the fiefs of her son Henry during his minority from 1404 to 1415.

She was a daughter of Magnus II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and Catherine of Anhalt-Bernburg, daughter of Bernhard III, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg. Through her mother, she was the great-great granddaughter of King Abel of Denmark. She would also become the grandmother of Christian I of Denmark.

Catherine Elisabeth was in fact likely named only Catherine; she was often referred to as Elisabeth in older literature, but this was likely due to a mixup with her younger sister, who was named Elisabeth. In the 14th century, it was still rare to have two first names such as "Catherine Elisabeth". Due to this confusion, however, she has sometimes been referred to by both names.


  • Marriage and issue 1
  • Biography 2
  • Ancestry 3
  • References 4

Marriage and issue

Catherine Elisabeth was engaged in 1390 and married in 1395 to Gerhard VI, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg. She had three sons and two daughters:


In 1404, Catherine Elisabeth was widowed while her son, successor to her spouse, was still a minor. She thereby became regent, but was forced to relent to her former brother-in-law, Bishop Henry of Osnabrück, and the guardian regency of the Duchy of Schleswig as well as the custody of her son, Duke Henry, to Queen Flensborg.

However, in 1408, when Hamburg. In 1423, her sons submitted a complaint that their mother had been assaulted by the royal soldiers despite the promise that she was to be left out of the conflict: her carriage had been attacked and her male staff had been mugged and captured. This is the last time she is mentioned.



  • Dansk biografisk Lexikon / IV. Bind. Clemens - Eynden (in Danish)
  • Stammtafeln zur geschichte der Europäischen Staaten (Europäische Stammtafeln) band I (die deutschen Staaten) av W. K. Prinz von Isenburg (Marburg, 1960), tafel 87 (die Grafen von Holstein und Herzogs von Schleswig aus Schauenburger Geschlecht) och tafel 69 (die Herzoge von Braunschweig-Göttingen)
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