Today in History / On this Day - January 11th. 1653 - Anthony Günther, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst

Anthony Günther, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst was born on January 11th. 1653
in Zerbst as the fourth (but second surviving) son of
John VI, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst and Sophie-Auguste of
Schleswig - Holstein - Gotttorp.


When John VI, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst died on July 4th. 1667,
Anthony Günther received the castle of Mühlingen and during his minority,
his mother acted as regent.

Grand Tour

From 1669 till 1672 Anthony Günther and his older brother Karl William
went on a Grand Tour. They visited inter alia Holland, France, England and

Military Career

Anthony Günther started his military career in 1672 soon after his Grand Tour.

He fought inter alia in

* Italy (against France);

* Siege of Oudenaarde (1674) now located in Belgium;

* Grave (1674);

* Philippsbrug (1676);

* Battle of Vienna (1683);

* Brabant (1690);

* Battle of Steenkerke (1692).

In 1694 King William III of England appointed him Commander-in Chief
of a brigade of 9 battalions.

In 1698 Anthony Günther was appointed as Major-General by the
Elector of Brandenburg.


Anthony Günther also visited Denmark, Sweden, Courland (now located in
Latvia) and Poland.

Love & Marriage

In 1680 Anthony Günther began an affair with a beautiful lady.
Her name was Auguste Antonie Marshall of Bieberstein. She worked as
lady-in-waiting of Anthony's mother. Their union produced one daughter.

On January 1st. 1705 the two finally married.
Auguste Antonie Marshall of Bieberstein received
the title Frau von Günthersfeld because she was born in the lesser nobility
and so their marriage was morganatic.


Anthony Günter, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst died on December 10th. 1714
without male issue. His principality Zerbst was merged again with Anhalt.

Source picture: Wikipedia

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