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Ernst von Sachsen (Wettiner), Kurfürst, Landgraf in Thüringen und Markgraf zu Meißen

Birthplace: Meißen, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
Death: August 26, 1486 (45)
Colditz, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
Place of Burial: Meißen, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
Immediate Family:

Son of Friedrich II "the Gentle", Elector of Saxony and Margarete von Österreich
Husband of Margareta von Mansfeld and Princess of Bavaria-Munich Elisabeth von Bayern, Kurfürstin zu Sachsen
Father of Christina von Sachsen, Dronning til Danmark, Norge og Sverige; Friedrich III. "der Weise" von Sachsen, Kurfürst; Ernst von Sachsen, Prinz, Erzbischof von Magdeburg, Administrator von Halberstadt; Adalbert von Sachsen, Prinz, Administrator des Erzbistums Mainz.; Johann "der Beständige" von Sachsen, Kurfürst and 2 others
Brother of Amalia von Sachsen; Anna von Sachsen, Kurfürstin zu Brandenburg; Friedrich von Sachsen, Prinz; Albrecht III "the Bold", Herzog von Sachsen; Margarethe, von Sachsen, Prinzessin, Äbtissin von Seußlitz and 2 others

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, Kurfürst von Sachsen

  • 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.

Royal house

House of Wettin

Predecessor: Frederick II Successor: Frederick III

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

Predecessor: William III Successor: Frederick VI

Über Ernst, Kurfürst von Sachsen (Deutsch)

War Kurf¨rst von Sachen. Langgraf in Thüringen und Markgraf zu Meißen.

  • Stamvater der ernestinischen Linie des Hauses Wettin. '* Ernst war der tweite sohn des Kurfürsten Friedrich ll. aus dessen Ehe mit Margarethe.
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Ernst, Kurfürst von Sachsen's Timeline

March 24, 1441
Meißen, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
December 25, 1461
Torgau, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
January 17, 1463
Schloss Hartenfels, Torgau, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
June 26, 1464
Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
May 8, 1467
Meißen, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
June 30, 1468
Meißen, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
August 4, 1469
Meißen, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)
Sachsen, Deutschland (HRR)