Heinrich V

Heinrich V

Duke of Saxony
Date of Birth: 16.03.1473
Country: Germany

  1. Biography of Henry V
  2. Conversion to Protestantism
  3. Family
  4. Legacy

Biography of Henry V

Henry V, the Duke of Saxony, was born in 1488 as the son of Albert the Bold. He established the city of Marienberg in the Ore Mountains in 1521, as significant silver deposits were discovered there.

Conversion to Protestantism

In 1536, after years of pressure from his wife Catherine, Henry embraced the teachings of Martin Luther. At the age of 66, he ascended to the duchy after the death of his Catholic brother, George. Under his rule, Protestantism became the state religion of Saxony.


Henry had been married to Catherine of Mecklenburg since July 6, 1512. They had six children:

- Sibylla of Saxony (May 2, 1515 - July 18, 1592), married Francis I, Duke of Saxe-Lauenburg.
- Emilia of Saxony (1516-1591), married George, Margrave of Brandenburg-Ansbach in 1533.
- Sidonia of Saxony (1518-1575), married Eric II, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg in 1545.
- Maurice of Saxony (1521-1553), married Agnes of Hesse in 1541.
- Severinus of Saxony (1522-1533).
- Augustus of Saxony (1526-1586), married Anna of Denmark in 1548.


Henry V played a crucial role in promoting the Protestant Reformation in Saxony, making it the official religion of the state. His rule was marked by significant religious and political changes, leaving a lasting impact on the region's history.