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Nicholas II of Werle

Nicholas II of Werle

Lord of Werle-Parchim, from 1292 Lord of Werle
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Lord of Werle-Parchim, from 1292 Lord of Werle
Gender male
Birth 1275
Death February 18, 1316
Father: John I of Werle
Spouse: Richiza
Children: John III of Werle
The details

Nicholas II, Lord of Werle (before 1275 – 18 February 1316 in Pustow, near Güstrow) was Lord of Werle-Parchim from 1283 until his death, and from 1292 Lord of Werle.

His uncle Henry I of Werle was killed in 1291 by his sons Henry II and Nicholas, because he had remarried and they felt this threatened their inheritance. After a prolonged war, Nicholas II defeated his cousins, who had formed an alliance with Lord Henry II of Mecklenburg and Elector Albert III of Brandenburg. This allowed him to reunite Werle-Parchim and Werle-Güstrow.

In 1311, he travelled to Montpellier in southern France, where he hoped to be cured of leprosy at the famous school of medicine. He was not cured, but the progress of the disease was slowed down. He retired from government and lived the rest of his life at Pustow, near Güstrow.

Nicholas II died in 1316. After his death, Werle was split again, with Nicholas' son John III taking Werle-Goldberg and Nicholas' younger brother John II taking Werle-Güstrow.

Marriage and issue

Nicholas first married in 1292, with Richeza (died before 27 October 1308), a daughter of King Eric V of Denmark. He had two children with her:

  • John III, Lord of Werle-Goldberg
  • Sophia (d. 6 December 1339), married with Gerhard III "the Great", Count of Holstein-Rendsburg

His second wife was Matilda, the daughter of Duke Otto II of Brunswick-Lüneburg. This marriage remained childless.

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