Ernst von Sachsen (Wettiner), Kurfürst, Landgraf in Thüringen und Markgraf zu Meißen (1441 - 1486) MP

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Birthplace: Meissen, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
Death: Died in Colditz, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
Cause of death: From the consequence of a fall from a horse
Occupation: Hertig av Sachsen, Kurfurste (1464-86), by family agreement he split the territories with his brother in 1485, taking Thuringia, the Bggfschaft of Magdeburg, and the Pfgfschaft of Saxony, {ЄОт } Ѻ Ѿ
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About Ernst von Sachsen (Wettiner), Kurfürst, Landgraf in Thüringen und Markgraf zu Meißen

  • Ernst, Elector of Saxony (b. Meissen, 24 March 1441 - d. Colditz, 26 August 1486) was Elector of Saxony from 1464 to 1486.
  • Ernst was founder of the Ernestine line of Saxon princes, ancestor of George I of Great Britain, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, as well as his wife and cousin Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, and their cousins Leopold II of Belgium and Empress Carlota of Mexico.
  • He was the second son (but fourth in order of birth) of the eight children of Frederick II, Elector of Saxony and Margarete of Austria, sister of Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor.
  • The death of his older brother Frederick (1451) made him the new heir apparent to the position of Elector of Saxony.
  • In 1455 Ernst was kidnapped along with his brother Albert, an episode famous in German history as the "Prinzenraub" (i. e. The Stealing of the Princes).
  • In 1464, he succeeded his father as Elector of Saxony, and annexed Thuringia in 1482, and three years later (Treaty of Leipzig, 1485) shared his territory with his brother Albert, until he arranged the division of the common possession.
  • In the Division of Leipzig he received area around Wittenberg, the south Thuringian part, the Vogtland and parts of the Pleissnerland. As residence he selected Wittenberg. He provided for the welfare of the country and introduced the constitution.
  • One year after the division elector Ernest died in Colditz, at the age of 46 years, the consequence of a fall off a horse.

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House of Wettin

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Predecessor: Frederick II Successor: Frederick III

  • Landgrave of Thuringia Reign 17. September 1482 – 26. August 1486

Predecessor: William III Successor: Frederick VI

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Ernst, Kurfürst von Sachsen's Timeline

1441
March 24, 1441
Meissen, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
1461
December 25, 1461
Age 20
Torgau, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
1462
1462
Age 20
Leipzig, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
1463
January 17, 1463
Age 21
Torgau, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
1464
June 26, 1464
Age 23
Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
1467
May 8, 1467
Age 26
Meißen, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
1468
June 30, 1468
Age 27
Meißen, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
1469
August 4, 1469
Age 28
Meißen, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
1473
1473
Age 31
Saxony, Germany
1475
1475
Age 33