Today in History - September 17th. 1666 - Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg

On April 10th. 1579, a boy was born in Dannenberg (Germany). He received
the name Augustus of Brunswick-Lüneburg.


Augustus of Brunswick-Lüneburg - Source picture: Wikipedia


He was the 7th. child of Henry, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and
Ursula of Saxe-Lauenburg. 

Already in his early years, Augustus was very smart. Later he studied in
several universities and he traveled in Europe.

Augustus of Brunswick-Lüneburg married three times:

1/ Clara Maria of Pomerania;
2/ Dorothea of Anhalt-Zerbst;
3/ Elisabeth Sophie of Mecklenburg.

In 1635 he received the Principality of Wolfenbüttel, and he earned even the
support of Emperor Ferdinand II.

Augustus of Brunswick-Lüneburg couldn't move into his own residence until
1644.

His reign was marked by some exceptional facts. He collected many manuscripts
and books, which was the foundation of Bibliotheca Augusta in Wolfenbüttel,
which is now, besides a library, an important Research Center.  

During his reign several 'witches' were burned.

Augustus of Brunswick-Lüneburg died on September 17th. 1666 in Wolfenbüttel.