Magdalena of Saxony

Duchess Magdalena of Saxony
Electoral Princess of Brandeburg
Margravine of Brandenburg
Lucas Cranach d.Ä. - Bildnis der Magdalene von Sachsen (Art Institute of Chicago).jpg
Portrait by Lucas Cranach the Elder, c. 1529
Born7 March 1507
Died25 January 1534(1534-01-25) (aged 26)
SpouseJoachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg
IssueJohn George, Elector of Brandenburg
Friedrich, Archbishop of Magdeburg
FatherGeorge, Duke of Saxony
MotherBarbara Jagiellon

Magdalena of Saxony (7 March 1507 – 25 January 1534) was Margravine of Brandenburg, its "Electoral Princess", the Electoral equivalent of a crown princess.

She was the daughter of George the Bearded, Duke of Saxony and his wife Barbara. Magdalena's maternal grandparents were Kazimierz IV Jagiellon and his wife queen Elisabeth of Austria, daughter of Albert II of Germany.

She was a granddaughter of the Elisabeth aforementioned, mother of the Jagiellonians, queen of Poland, who had claimed the Duchy of Luxembourg in 1460s as being the younger daughter of the last Luxembourg heiress Elisabeth of Luxembourg, Queen of Bohemia. Though by no means an heiress of her grandmother, she was intended to wed the heir of her grandmother's older sister. Joachim (1505–1571), the future elector of Brandenburg, was the eldest son and heir of their current claimant of Luxembourg, Joachim I, Elector of Brandenburg (1484–1535), the eldest son and heir of Margaret of Thuringia (1449–1501), Dowager Electress of Brandenburg, herself the eldest daughter and heiress of Anna, Duchess of Luxembourg and William of Saxony, Landgrave of Thuringia.

Magdalena was thus married, at Dresden, on 6 November 1524, to her second cousin's son Joachim Hector, the future Elector of Brandenburg. Their son was John George, another future Elector of Brandenburg. After Magdalena's death which occurred well before Joachim ascended the electorate, Joachim II Hector married Hedwig Jagiellon, daughter of King Sigismund I of Poland.

Magdalena and Joachim II Hector had issue: