Anthony Ulrich, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

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Anthony Ulrich, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Christoph Bernhard Francke - Herzog Anton Ulrich von Braunschweig (1633-1714).jpg
Born (1633-10-04)4 October 1633
Died 27 March 1714(1714-03-27) (aged 80)
Noble family House of Guelph
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Juliana of Schleswig-Holstein-Sønderburg-Nordborg
Father Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Mother Dorothea of Anhalt-Zerbst

Anthony Ulrich (German: Anton Ulrich; 4 October 1633, Hitzacker – 27 March 1714, Salzdahlum) was duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg and ruled over the Wolfenbüttel subdivision of the duchy from 1685 until 1702 jointly with his brother, and solely from 1704 until his death.


Anthony Ulrich was the second son of Augustus the Younger, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg; he studied at the University of Helmstedt. After their father's death in 1666, Rudolph Augustus, Anthony Ulrich's elder brother, became reigning duke and made Anthony Ulrich his proxy. Rudolph Augustus had little interest in government affairs and left most decisions to his brother; in 1685, he made Anthony Ulrich a coregent with equal rights. Anthony Ulrich's sister was Sibylle Ursula von Braunschweig-Lüneburg.[1]

After the Hanover subdivision of the duchy had received a new prince-electorship from the Emperor in 1692, tensions between the two states rose, as both Anthony Ulrich and Rudolph Augustus were dismayed that they had not received the electorship. While both Hanover and Lüneburg sided with Emperor Leopold I in the War of the Spanish Succession, Anthony Ulrich decided to enter into an agreement with France. This led to Hanover and Lüneburg invading the Principality of Wolfenbüttel in March 1702; Anthony Ulrich was almost captured while travelling from Wolfenbüttel to Braunschweig. By order of the Emperor, Anthony Ulrich was deposed as duke against his brother's protestations, and Rudolph Augustus remained as the only ruler, while Anthony Ulrich fled to Saxe-Gotha; in April 1702, Rudolph Augustus signed a treaty with Hanover and Lüneburg that Anthony Ulrich later agreed to.

After Rudolph Augustus' death in 1704, Anthony Ulrich took over government again, he continued to settle various disputes with Hanover, until a final agreement between the two sister principalities was reached in 1706.

In 1709, Anthony Ulrich converted to the Roman Catholic Church, but guaranteed to his subjects that this would not influence his government, although he allowed the opening of the first Catholic church in his state, he died at Schloss Salzdahlum, which he had built, in 1714, and was succeeded by his eldest surviving son, Augustus William.

Anthony Ulrich is known as a supporter of scholarship and the arts, he significantly extended the Bibliotheca Augusta, a library founded by his father. He hired the philosopher Leibniz as a librarian, and was a supporter of Anton Wilhelm Amo, the first black Doctor of Philosophy in Europe. He was a writer and had a large art collection, which later became the foundation of the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum (Duke Anthony Ulrich Museum), his sister Sibylle Ursula von Braunschweig-Lüneburg wrote part of a novel, Die Durchlauchtige Syrerin Aramena (Aramena, the noble Syrian lady), which when complete would be the most famous courtly novel in German Baroque literature; it was finished by Anthony Ulrich and edited by Sigmund von Birken.[2][1]


Anthony Ulrich married Elizabeth Juliana, daughter of Frederick, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sønderburg-Nordborg, in 1656. They had the following children who reached adulthood:



  • Die Durchlauchtige Syrerin Aramena (Aramena, the noble Syrian lady; 1669–1673)
  • Die Römische Octavia (Octavia the Roman; 1677–1707)


  1. ^ a b Jo Catling (23 March 2000). A History of Women's Writing in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Cambridge University Press. pp. 42–. ISBN 978-0-521-65628-3. 
  2. ^ Hilary Brown (2012). Luise Gottsched the Translator. Camden House. pp. 27–. ISBN 978-1-57113-510-0. 
Anthony Ulrich, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
Cadet branch of the House of Este
Born: 4 October 1633 Died: 27 March 1714
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Rudolph Augustus
Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Prince of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel
with his brother Rudolph Augustus

Succeeded by
Rudolph Augustus
Preceded by
Rudolph Augustus
Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg
Prince of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel

Succeeded by
Augustus William