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Henry XVI, Duke of Bavaria
Duke of Bavaria-Landshut

Henry XVI, Duke of Bavaria

Henry XVI, Duke of Bavaria
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Intro Duke of Bavaria-Landshut
Was Noble
From Germany
Field Royals
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1386, Burghausen, Altötting, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria
Death 30 July 1450, Landshut, Lower Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany (aged 64 years)
Mother: Maddalena Visconti
Father: FrederickDuke of Bavaria
Spouse: Margarete of Austria
Children: Louis IXDuke of BavariaJohanna of Bavaria-LandshutElisabeth of Bavaria-Landshut
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Henry XVI of Bavaria (1386 – 30 July 1450, Landshut), (German: Heinrich der Reiche, Herzog von Bayern-Landshut), since 1393 Duke of Bavaria-Landshut. He was a son of duke Frederick and his wife Maddalena Visconti, a daughter of Bernabò Visconti.


Duke Henry XVI was the first of the three famous rich dukes, who reigned Bavaria-Landshut in the 15th century. Their residence was Trausnitz Castle in Landshut, a fortification which attained enormous dimensions. Having inherited not only the black hair but also the despotic temperament of the Visconti, Henry oppressed very cruelly uprisings of the citizenry of Landshut in 1410 and fought successfully against his cousin Louis VII the Bearded, the duke of Bavaria-Ingolstadt. He united Louis’ enemies in the Parakeet Society of 1414 and the League of Constance of 1415.

Trausnitz Castle

While the duchy of Bavaria-Straubing was still divided between Bavaria-Ingolstadt, Bavaria-Munich and Bavaria-Landshut after the extinction of the dukes of Straubing in 1429, Henry managed to receive the complete duchy of Bavaria-Ingolstadt in 1447. The pest killed Henry in 1450, he was succeeded by his son Louis IX the Rich.

Henry banished his wife to Burghausen Castle to extend his freedom. His son and grandson took over this tradition.

Family and children

He was married in Landshut 25 November 1412 to Margarete of Austria, daughter of Duke Albert IV of Austria and Johanna Sophia of Bavaria. Their children were:

  1. Albrecht (1414, Burghausen–ca. 1418)..
  2. Friedrich (1415–7 June 1416, Burghausen).
  3. Ludwig IX "der Reiche" (23 February 1417, Burghausen–18 January 1479, Landshut).
  4. Johanna (1413–20 July 1444, Mosbach), married in Burghausen in 1430 to Count Palatine Otto I of Mosbach.
  5. Elisabeth (1419–1 January 1451, Landshut), married in Stuttgart 1445 to Ulrich V, Count of Württemberg.
  6. Margarete (b. 1420), a nun at Seligental.

He also had illegitimate children, including Georg von Zangberg, Elisabeth and Barbara.

Henry XVI, Duke of Bavaria
House of Wittelsbach
Born: 1386 Died: 30 July 1450
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Duke of Bavaria-Landshut
Succeeded by
Louis IX
Preceded by
Louis VIII
Duke of Bavaria-Ingolstadt
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