1637–1706
Countess of Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt
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Stadtkirche St. Andreas
Rudolstadt, Germany

August 16, 1637, Heidecksburg Castle, Schwarzburg-Rudolstadt, Germany.

December 3, 1706, Rudolstadt, Thüringen, Germany.

Stadtkirche, Rudolstadt, Thüringen, Germany.

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Ämilie was the daughter of Count Al­bert Fried­rich of Bar­by and Mühl­ing­en (on the El­be, near its junction with the Saale) and So­phia Ur­su­la of Old­en­burg-Del­men­horst, and cousin to hymnist Lud­ä­mil­ia Elis­a­beth.

She was born in the castle of her great-uncle, Count Lud­wig Gün­ther, where her family had taken refuge during the Thir­ty Years’ War. After her father died in 1641, and her mother the year after, she was adopted by her aunt.

She grew up at Ru­dol­stadt, and married her cousin, Count Al­bert An­ton II, in 1665. She studied under Aha­sue­rus Fritsch and others, and eventually wrote some 600 hymns. Her works include:

  1. Bis hieher hat mich Gott gebracht
  2. Herr! mein Gott! Iehre mich!
  3. Jesu Güte hat kein Ende
  4. Wer weiß, wie nahe mir mein Ende!

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