John George IV, Elector of Saxony

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Johann Georg IV von Sachsen (Wettin, Albertiner), Kurfürst

Birthdate: (25)
Birthplace: Dresden, Sachsen, Deutschland (HRR)
Death: April 27, 1694 (25)
Dresden, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR) (died of smallpox)
Immediate Family:

Son of John George III, Elector of Saxony and Anna Sophie Oldenburg, Kurfürstin zu Sachsen
Husband of Princess Eleonore Erdmuthe Louisa von Sachsen-Eisennach, Markgräfin zu Brandenburg-Ansbach, Kurfürstin zu Sachsen
Partner of Magdalena Sibylla von Rochlitz, Reichsgräfin
Father of Wilhelmina Maria Fryderyka Dunin
Brother of Augustus II the Strong, King of Poland
Half brother of Johann Georg Maximilian von Fürstenhoff

Occupation: Kurfürst von Sachsen (1680 - 1684)
Managed by: Dag Henrik Gösta Lundqvist
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About John George IV, Elector of Saxony


Predecessor: John George III Successor: Frederick Augustus I

The young Elector was forced to marry by his mother, ostensibly to produce legitimate heirs to the Electorate but truly to end the liaison between John George and his mistress, Magdalene Sibylle "Billa" of Neidschutz. Another consideration was an alliance between Brandenburg and Saxony.Immediately after assuming the Electorate, John George lived openly with Billa, and she became the first ever Official Mistress (Favoritin) of an Elector of Saxony. Eleonore was relegated to the Hofe (the official residence of the Elector) while John George moved into another palace with Billa. Desperate to marry his mistress, John George tried to murder Eleonore, but was prevented by his younger brother, Frederik August. When John George tried to stab Eleonore with a sword, the unarmed Frederick turned the impact away with his hand, leaving him with a lifelong handicap.

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John George IV, Elector of Saxony's Timeline

October 18, 1668
Dresden, Sachsen, Deutschland (HRR)
June 20, 1693
Age 24
April 27, 1694
Age 25
Dresden, Sachsen, Deutschland(HRR)