Today in History - March 24th. 1441 - Ernest, Elector of Saxony

March 24th. 1441 marks the birth of Ernest, Elector of Saxony.


Ernest, Elector of Saxony - Source picture: Wikipedia


Ernest was the second son of eight children of Frederick II, Elector of Saxony
and Margaret of Austria (sister of Frederick III, Holry Roman Emperor).

In 1451 Ernest's elder brother Frederick died. This made him the new
heir of Saxony.

In 1455 Ernest and his brother Albert were kidnapped by the knight
Kunz von Kaufungen. This episode in German History was known as
the "Prinzenraub" translated "stealing of the Princes".

On November 19th. 1460 Ernest married Elisabeth of Bavaria.
They would have 7 children.

Ernest was the founder of the Ernestine line of the Saxon Princes.
Ernest was inter alia the ancestor of:
King George I of Great Britain;
Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom;
King Leopold I of Belgium;
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (husband of Queen Victoria).

In 1464 Frederick II died and Ernest succeeded his father.
In 1482 Ernest annexed Thuringa but he devided his possissions with
his brother Albert in the Treaty of Leipzig.

On August 26th. 1486, at the age of 46, Ernest died in Colditz.