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Louis II, Landgrave of Lower Hesse

Louis II, Landgrave of Lower Hesse

Landgrave of Lower Hesse
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Landgrave of Lower Hesse
Countries Germany
Occupations Count Politician
Gender male
Birth 7 September 1438
Death 8 November 1471 (Hessisch Lichtenau, Werra-Meißner-Kreis, Kassel Government Region, Hesse)
Star sign Virgo
Family
Mother: Anna of SaxonyLandgravine of Hesse
Father: Louis ILandgrave of Hesse
Siblings: Hermann IV of HesseHenry IIILandgrave of Upper Hesse
Children: William ILandgrave of Lower HesseWilliam IILandgrave of Hesse
The details
Biography

Louis II of Hesse (German: Ludwig) (7 September 1438 – 8 November 1471), called Louis the Frank, was the Landgrave of Lower Hesse from 1458 - 1471.

He was the son of Louis I, Landgrave of Hesse and Anna of Saxony. He married Mechthild, daughter of Ludwig I, Count of Württemberg-Urach in 1454. Their children were:

  • Anna [1455-1459]
  • Elisabeth (died young)
  • William I, Landgrave of Hesse (1466–1515)
  • William II, Landgrave of Hesse (1469–1509)

He also had seven (known) illegitimate children by his mistress, Margarethe von Holzheim (born about 1443 - died after 1515):

  • Anna of Hesse (born about 1460, married Heinz Missener, 23 May 1484)
  • Margarethe of Hesse (born about 1460, died 1524, married Heinrich Furster, mayor of Marburg, 5 February 1486)
  • Johannes of Hessen (born about 1460, murdered 11 March 1531, married Gertrude ______)
  • Wilhelm of Hessen (born about 1470, died 1550 in Melsungen)
  • Luckel Lambrechts (born before 1471)
  • Wilhelm of Hessen
  • Ernst of Natega
  • Friedrich of Hessen

The Landgraviate of Hesse had been divided by his father Louis I between Louis II and his brother Henry III into Hesse-Kassel (Lower Hesse) and Hesse-Marburg (Upper Hesse). The brothers fought about the exact demarcation of the realm until May 1470.

Ancestry


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