Elisabeth von Dänemark – eine brandenburgische Kurfürstin im Konflikt um Glauben und Macht
The exhibition reveals insights into the fateful life of the Brandenburg Electress Elizabeth of Denmark (1485–1555). Until her death, he lived as a widow in the Spandau Castle. Against the express wish of her husband, Elector Joachim I, she announced her becoming a Lutheran on Easter in 1527. This led to a break with the Elector, who remained Catholic, and ultimately her flight to the Saxon castle of Torgau, where Elisabeth’s uncle Johann ruled. Elisabeth spent the next 17 years in Saxon exile, in Torgau, Wittenberg, and Weimar, and at the former monastery in Littenberg (Prettin) after the death of her husband in 1535. She maintained close contact with Martin Luther and tried to continue to influence the fate of her country by way of an intense correspondence with her children. It was only in 1545, six years after the new Brandenburg Elector Joachim II converted to Protestantism, that Elisabeth returned to Brandenburg to her widow’s residence at Spandau Castle, which she only left a few days before her death in 1555.