August von Anhalt-Plötzkau was born 14 July 1575 in Dessau, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany to Joachim Ernst von Anhalt-Dessau (1536-1586) and Eleonore von Württemberg (1552-1618) and died 22 August 1653 Plötzkau, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany of unspecified causes. He married Sibylle zu Solms-Laubach (1590-1659) 25 January 1618 in Ansbach, Bavaria, Germany. Alfred the Great (849-899)/s, Charlemagne (747-814)/s, Henry II of England (1133-1189)/s, Hugh Capet (c940-996)/s, William I of England (1027-1087)/s, Rollo of Normandy (860-932)/s.

In 1586, after the death of his father, Augustus inherited Anhalt jointly with his half- and full brothers under the regency of the eldest, John George I.

After seventeen years of joint rule, the surviving brothers agreed to a formal division of their lands in 1603. Augustus received Plötzkau, which was created from parts of the old principality of Anhalt-Bernburg.

From 1621 until 1642, Augustus acted as regent in Anhalt-Zerbst for his infant nephew John VI, and from 1650 until 1653 in Anhalt-Köthen for another infant nephew, William Louis.


Offspring of August von Anhalt-Plötzkau and Sibylle zu Solms-Laubach (1590-1659)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Johanna von Anhalt-Plötzkau (1618-1676)
Ernst Gottlieb von Anhalt-Plötzkau (1620-1654)
Leberecht von Anhalt-Plötzkau (1622-1669)
Dorothea von Anhalt-Plötzkau (1623-1637)
Ehrenpreis von Anhalt-Plötzkau (1625-1626)
Sophie von Anhalt-Plötzkau (1627-1679)
Elisabeth von Anhalt-Plötzkau (1630-1692)
Emanuel von Anhalt-Köthen (1631-1670) 6 October 1631 Plötzkau, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany 8 November 1670 Köthen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany Anna Eleonore zu Stolberg-Wernigerode (1651-1690)

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