Saxe-Altenburg


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Saxe-Altenburg

(săks-ăl`tənbərg), Ger. Sachsen-Altenburg, former duchy, Thuringia, central Germany. Altenburg was the capital. Created a separate duchy in 1603, it was ruled by an Ernestine line of the house of WettinWettin
, German dynasty, which ruled in Saxony, Thuringia, Poland, Great Britain, Belgium, and Bulgaria. It takes its name from a castle on the Saale near Halle. The family gained prominence in the 10th cent.
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. It passed (1672) to the dukes of Saxe-GothaSaxe-Gotha
, Ger. Sachsen-Gotha, former duchy, Thuringia, central Germany. A possession of the Ernestine branch of the house of Wettin, it passed in the 16th cent. to the dukes of Saxe-Weimar.
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, but from 1826 to 1918 it was again a separate duchy under the collateral line of Saxe-Hildburghausen. In 1920 it was incorporated into Thuringia.
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"Princess Frederica, the elder daughter of King George V of Hanover (a grandson of George III) and Princess Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, married Baron Alfons Von Pawel-Rammingen at St George's Chapel.
Prince Aribert was the third son of Frederick I, Duke of Anhalt and Princess Antoinette of Saxe-Altenburg."
Wade portrays the seventeenth-century princess Magdalena Sibylle of Saxony (1617-1668), Princess of Denmark, then Duchess Consort of Saxe-Altenburg, whose participation in and creation of ballets at her various residences in Germany and Denmark aided the dissemination of this social, political and musical practice.