Today in History - December 19th. 1671 - Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth

On December 19th.1671, a girl was born with the name:
Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth.

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She was the firstborn child of Christian Ernst, Margrave of Brandenburg-
Bayreuth and his wife, Sophie Louise of Württemberg. 
Christiane Eberhardine had five younger siblings, only two of them,
survived childhood but she remained close to her relatives throughout her
life.

On January 20th. 1693, at the age of 21, she married Frederick Augustus,
Duke of Saxony. This marriage was political and became highly unhappy.
Augustus found her boring and she was shocked and hurt by his infidelity.

In 1694 Christiane Eberhardine became electress when Augustus succeeded
his brother as elector. According to some stories there was a kind of carnival
procession in which Augustus celebrated his evelation. Members of his court
drove through Dresden dressed as gods and goddnesses.Even his mistress,
Maria Aurora von Königsmarck, participated in the procession.

On October 17th. 1696 their son Frederick Augustus was born in Dresden.
This was the only child during their 34 years of marriage. He was brought
up by his paternal grandmother, Anna Sophie of Denmark, but Christiane
Eberhardine and her mother-in-law got on well, so she could visited her son
frequently.

In 1697 Christiane Eberhardine 's husband coverted to catholicism and he 
was elected as King of Poland, something what he didn't discuss with her.
His conversion caused a scandal in Saxony. Christiane Eberhardine refused
to attend the coronation and to convert her to catholicism. She and
her mother-in-law enjoyed immense popularity in Saxony as a symbol of
protestant faith. Christiane Eberhardine was nicknamed the 'Pillar of Saxony'.

On September 4th. 1727 Christiane Eberhardine of Brandenburg-Bayreuth
died at the age of 55 and she was buried on September 6th. in the parish 
church of Pretzsch (now located in Germany). 

Neither her husband nor her son were present at her funeral! 
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