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Henry I of Werle

Henry I of Werle

Lord of Werle-Güstrow
The basics
Gender male
Death October 5, 1291 (Saal, Vorpommern-Rügen District, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany)
Father: Nicholas I of Werle
Siblings: Bernhard I of WerleJohn I of Werle
Spouse: Rikissa Birgersdotter
Children: Rixa of Werle
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The details

Henry I (died 8 October 1291) was a Prince of Mecklenburg-Werle and Mecklenburg-Güstrow.


He was the son Prince Nicholas I of Mecklenburg-Werle and his wife Princess Jutta of Anhalt the daughter of Prince Henry I of Anhalt and his wife Princess Irmgard of Thuringia. Henry and his brother John ruled Mecklenburg-Werle jointly following the death of their father on 10 May 1277.

Henry and his brother ruled jointly until 1283 when Henry founded the principality of Mecklenburg-Güstrow while John took up residence in the principality of Mecklenburg-Parchim which he ruled jointly with Prince Pribislaw II. Henry's reign in Güstrow came to an end on 8 October 1291 after he was murdered near Saal by his two sons Henry and Nicholas both of whom succeeded him.

Marriages and children

Henry was married twice; firstly in 1262 to Rikissa Birgersdotter (died 1288), with the following children:

  • Henry II of Werle (died 1308) married Beatrix of Pomerania (died 1315-16), daughter of Barnim I, Duke of Pomerania
  • Nicholas of Werle-Güstrow (died 1298)
  • Rixa of Werle (died 1317) married Albert II, Duke of Brunswick-Göttingen

He was married secondly in 1291 to Matilde of Brunswick-Lüneburg (died 1302) the daughter of John of Brunswick, Duke of Lüneburg.

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