Waldemar I, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst
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After the death of his father in 1316, the young Waldemar and his older brother Albert II were put under the custody of their maternal uncle Waldemar, Margrave of Brandenburg-Stendal. When both brothers reached adulthood, they ruled the principality of Anhalt-Zerbst jointly. Waldemar made his residence in Dessau and Albert in Zerbst or Köthen.
In 1359 Waldemar's nephew Albert III was also made co-ruler by his father Albert II, but he soon died. Three years later (in 1362), Albert II died and Waldemar became co-ruler with his youngest nephew John II.
Six years later, Waldemar died, leaving his only son Waldemar II as the new co-ruler with John II.
Marriages and Issue
In 22 June 1344 Waldemar married Elisabeth (d. aft. 30 May 1351), daughter of Rudolf I, Elector of Saxony, and Duke of Saxe-Wittemberg. Her paternal grandmother Agnes of Habsburg was a daughter of Rudolph I, Holy Roman Emperor. The spouses were distantly related: Elisabeth's great-grandfather Albert I, Duke of Saxony, was a brother of Henry I, Count of Anhalt, Waldemar's great-great-grandfather. They had six children:
- Waldemar II, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst (d. bef. 24 August 1371).
- Beate (d. ca. 1379), a nun at Coswig (1375).
- Sophie (d. aft. 6 January 1412), a nun at Coswig (1375).
- Agnes (d. aft. 1375), a nun at Coswig (1375).
- Judith (d. aft. 1375), a nun at Coswig (1375).
- (?) Gertrude (d. ca. 1371).
In 1365 Waldemar married for a second time to Beatrice (d. 1387), legitimized daughter of Obizzo III d'Este, Lord of Ferrara and Modena by his second wife and former mistress Lippa Ariosto. This union was childless.