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Henry II, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg

Henry II, Count of Holstein-Rendsburg

Count of Holstein-Rendsburg
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Count of Holstein-Rendsburg
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1317
Death 17 April 1390
Father: Gerhard III
Spouse: Ingeborg of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Children: Gerhard VICount of Holstein-RendsburgAlbert IICount of Holstein-RendsburgHenry IIICount of Schauenburg-Holstein
The details

Count Henry II of Holstein-Rendsburg (nickname Iron Henry; c. 1317c. 1384) was count of Holstein-Rendsburg and pledge lord of Southern Schleswig. He ruled jointly with his younger brother, Count Nicholas (d. 1397).


Henry was the elder son of Count Gerhard III and Sophia of Werle. Henry was a major European player as a mercenary leader and a typical representative of the late medieval knighthood. He fought in Italy, Russia, Estonia and France. He served in the English and Swedish armies. In 1367, he was commander of a fleet of the Hanseatic League and in 1368, he conquered Copenhagen. Count Henry II and his brother Nicholas vigorously defended their claims in Holstein and Schleswig, against Denmark and against the Frisians.

Marriage and issue

Henry was married twice:

  1. Matilda (d. 1365), the daughter of Bernard V, Lord of Lippe. They had one daughter:
    1. Matilda (documented on March 12, 1365)
  2. 1366 Ingeborg (d. c. 1398), daughter of Albert II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. They had four children:
    • Gerhard VI
    • Albert II
    • Henry III (d. 1421), Prince-Bishop of Osnabrück as Henry I
    • Sophia of Holstein (born: 1375 in Lübeck), married Bogislaw VIII of Pomerania-Stargard


His seal had the inscription: S (IGILLUM) * HINRICI * D (E) I * GRA (TIA) * COMIT (IS) * HOLTZACIE * STORM ARIA (Seal of Henry by the grace of God Duke of Holstein, (and) Stormarn)

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