Shortly after the Reformation, the Saxon Elector integrated the medieval Antonine monastery “Lichtenberg” near Prettin (Saxony-Anhalt) into his residential system. Lichtenburg Castle became one of the favourite dowager’s seats in early-modern Saxony. In the early 17th century, the dowager Electress Hedwig of Denmark (1581-1641) and her court mainly lived in Lichtenburg. Several Renaissance and early Baroque wall paintings and wooden ceilings have survived in situ until today.
Abstract In the second half of the 15th century, Louis I, Count Palatine of Zweibrücken established a vast network of residences. His territories were rather small and scattered but rich of natural resources, especially silver. He succeeded in marrying Johanna of Croÿ, daughter of Count Antoine I de Croÿ, the Governor General of the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Louis I tried to gain more influence in the Holy Roman Empire, too, and came into conflict with his cousin Frederick I, Elector Palatine. In 1471, Louis I has been finally beaten. He lost large parts of his territory and had to swear fealty to Frederick I.
Fürstinnen wie die sagenhafte Brünhild, Katharina de Medici, Katharina die Große oder Elisabeth I. haben als vermeintlich besonders starke „Ausnahmefrauen“ seit jeher die (männliche) Fantasie beflügelt. So lässt beispielsweise der Schweizer Maler Johann Heinrich Füssli (1741-1825) König Gunther von Brünhild in bester Bondagemanier über dem ehelichen Bett aufhängen. Ein Best of an bösen Witwen/Schwiegermüttern, amazonenhaften Kriegerinnen und kühlen Herrscherinnen kann man derzeit auch in Game of Thrones erleben.
Rediscovering the Renaissance pharmacy of Colditz Castle Abstract In 1603, the dowager Electress Sophie of Brandenburg left the Saxon court at Dresden to move to her Witwensitz Colditz Castle. At Colditz, she had large parts of the former palace of Frederick the Wise (1517-1525) rebuilt. Sophie gave top priority to the construction of a new pharmacy. The records of the court’s financial administration describe this new pharmacy building in detail. Thus, we could show that the so-called “Beamtenhaus” (housing the Fluchtmuseum) is in fact Sophie’s pharmacy of 1603. The staircase of the new building connected the female living quarters with the newly established pleasure garden.