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Albert II
Margrave of Meissen
Landgrave of Thuringia
Count Palatine of Saxony
Margrave of Meissen
Reign 1288–1292
Predecessor Henry III
Successor Frederick Tuta
Landgrave of Thuringia
Reign 1265–1294
Predecessor Henry III
Successor Adolf
Count Palatine of Saxony
Reign 1265–1292
Predecessor Henry III
Successor Frederick I
Spouse Margaret of Sicily
Kunigunde of Eisenberg
Elisabeth of Orlamünde
Issue
Henry
Frederick I
Dietrich
Margaret
Agnes, Duchess of Brunswick-Grubenhagen
Elisabeth
Apitz
Full name
Albert the Degenerate
House House of Wettin
Father Henry the Illustrious
Mother Constantia of Austria
Born 1240
Meissen
Died 20 November 1314
Erfurt

Albert II, the Degenerate (de: Albrecht II der Entartete) (1240 – 20 November 1314), was a Margrave of Meissen, Landgrave of Thuringia and Count Palatine of Saxony. He was a member of the House of Wettin.

He was the eldest son of Henry the Illustrious, Margrave of Meissen by his first wife, Constantia of Austria.

Life

In 1265 Margrave Henry III granted the Landgraviate of Thuringia and the Palatinate to Albrecht and the Margraviate of Landsberg in the Osterland to his younger brother Dietrich. Henry III kept for himself the Margraviates of Meissen and Lausitz as a formal power over his sons.

In June 1255 Albrecht married Margaret of Sicily, the daughter of Emperor Frederick II. As a dowry the Pleissnerland was pledged to the house of Wettin. They had five children:

  1. Henry (b. 21 March 1256 - d. 25 January/23 July? 1282), inherited the Pleissnerland in 1274.
  2. Frederick (b. 1257 - d. Wartburg, 16 November 1323), Margrave of Meissen.
  3. Dietrich, called Dietzmann (b. 1260 - murdered Leipzig, 10 December 1307), Margrave of Lausitz.
  4. Margaret (b. 1262 - d. young, aft. 17 April 1273).
  5. Agnes (b. 1264 - d. September 1332), married before 21 July 1282 to Heinrich I, Duke of Brunswick-Grubenhagen.

After what was at first a happy rule and marriage, Albrecht turned away from Margaret and began a passionate love affair with Kunigunde of Eisenberg. She bore him two children: a daughter, Elisabeth in 1269,[1] and a son, Albrecht ("Apitz") in 1270.

When she discovered the adultery and the illegitimate births, Margaret left Wartburg on 24 June 1270 and went to Frankfurt am Main where she died on 8 August of the same year. The two younger sons, Frederick and Dietzmann were looked after by their uncle, Dietrich, Margrave of Landsberg. Henry, the oldest, disappeared in Silesia in 1282.

Albrecht married Kunigunde in 1274 and legitimised their children. When Albrecht intended to leave to Apitz the Landgravate of Thuringia and compensate his sons from his first marriage only with the Osterland (who included the inheritance of their mother) and the Palatinate County of Saxony, they began a war against their father. Frederick was captured by his father and was locked in Schloss Wartburg; however, he escaped one year later and continued the war against his father together with Dietzmann. During this time, in 1284, their uncle Dietrich of Landsberg died, and four years later, in 1288, Heinrich the Illustrious, Albrecht's father, also died. These deaths heightened the family disputes.

At the death of his father Albrecht became Margrave of Meissen, while his nephew Frederick Tuta - son of Dietrich of Landsberg - inherited the Margravate of Lausitz, which was lost by Albrecht's son Dietzmann in that year. Shortly after, Frederick captured his father Albrecht in battle. By the Treaty of Rochlitz (1 January 1289) Albrecht obtained his freedom after the renunciation of large parts of his lands. He retained Meissen himself, but finally sold it to Frederick Tuta. When, after his death (1291) his cousins Frederick and Dietzmann arbitrarily took possession of his lands, Albrecht -suffering financial difficulties- was compelled to sell Thuringia in 1293 to the German King Adolf of Nassau; in the contract, it was stipulated that the king could take possession of the lands after Albrecht's death. In the sale, Albrecht included Meissen and Osterland as his fiefs, despite the fact they were in the hands of his sons. Thanks to this, Adolf's successor Albrecht I of Habsburg was able to take possession of these lands, claiming that the contract of sale was legitimate and lawful.

Kunigunde of Eisenberg died on 31 October 1286. Four years later, on 1 October 1290, Albrecht married thirdly Elisabeth of Orlamünde, heiress of Nordhalben and widow of Hartmann XI of Lobdeburg-Arnshaugk. The same year, Apitz, Albrecht's son by Kunigunde, was formally legitimized by the Emperor and created Herr of Tenneberg.

On 11 April 1291 Apitz's younger full-sister, Elisabeth, married Heinrich III of Frankenstein; the marriage was short-lived and childless.[2] Elisabeth died on 28 September 1293.[3] Three years later (9 October 1296), Apitz married a sister of his brother-in-law Heinrich III/II, apparently also called Elisabeth.[4] This marriage, like his sister's, was childless.

Four years later (24 August 1300) Albrecht's eldest surviving son, Frederick, married Elisabeth of Lobdeburg-Arnshaugk, daughter of his stepmother; this make the final reconciliation between father and son. Five years later (27 June 1305) Apitz of Tenneberg died, aged thirty-five. The death of his favorite son was a terrible blow to Albrecht. He never recovered from the loss.

Two years later, in 1307, Albrecht finally resigned the Landgraviate of Thuringia and the County Palatine of Saxony to his son Frederick in exchange for an annuity. He died seven years later in Erfurt, aged seventy-four.

See also

References

  1. ^ E-Familytree.net
  2. ^ Genealogy Dates in Stoyan. According to this site Elisabeth and her husband had seven children.
  3. ^ ThePeerage.com. In this site Elisabeth's death is cited after 23 April 1326 and her husband is named Heinrich II, not III. Also, the death of Elisabeth's brother Apitz is cited on 27 June 1301, four years before the current date of the article.
  4. ^ Genealogy Dates in Stoyan
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Henry III
Landgrave of Thuringia
1288 – 1292
Succeeded by
Frederick I
Margrave of Meissen
1288 – 1292
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Albert II
Margrave of Meissen
Landgrave of Thuringia
Count Palatine of Saxony

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Margrave of Meissen
Reign 1288–1292
Predecessor Henry III
Successor Frederick Tuta
Landgrave of Thuringia
Reign 1265–1294
Predecessor Henry III
Successor Adolf
Count Palatine of Saxony
Reign 1265–1292
Predecessor Henry III
Successor Frederick I
Spouse Margaret of Sicily
Kunigunde of Eisenberg
Elisabeth of Orlamünde
Issue
Henry
Frederick I
Dietrich
Margaret
Agnes, Duchess of Brunswick-Grubenhagen
Elisabeth
Apitz
Full name
Albert the Degenerate
House House of Wettin
Father Henry the Illustrious
Mother Constantia of Austria
Born 1240
Meissen
Died 20 November 1314
Erfurt

Albert II, the Degenerate (de: Albrecht II der Entartete) (1240 – 20 November 1314) was a Margrave of Meissen, Landgrave of Thuringia and Count Palatine of Saxony. He was a member of the House of Wettin.

He was the eldest son of Henry the Illustrious, Margrave of Meissen by his first wife, Constantia of Austria.

Life

In 1265 Margrave Henry III granted the Landgraviate of Thuringia and the Palatinate to Albrecht and the Margraviate of Landsberg in the Osterland to his younger brother Dietrich. Henry III kept for himself the Margraviates of Meissen and Lausitz as a formal power over his sons.

In June 1255 Albrecht married Margaret of Sicily, the daughter of Emperor Frederick II. As a dowry the Pleissnerland was pledged to the house of Wettin. They had five children:

  1. Henry (b. 21 March 1256 - d. 25 January/23 July? 1282), inherited the Pleissnerland in 1274.
  2. Frederick (b. 1257 - d. Wartburg, 16 November 1323), Margrave of Meissen.
  3. Dietrich, called Dietzmann (b. 1260 - murdered Leipzig, 10 December 1307), Margrave of Lausitz.
  4. Margaret (b. 1262 - d. young, aft. 17 April 1273).
  5. Agnes (b. 1264 - d. September 1332), married before 21 July 1282 to Heinrich I, Duke of Brunswick-Grubenhagen.

After what was at first a happy rule and marriage, Albrecht turned away from Margaret and began a passionate love affair with Kunigunde of Eisenberg. She bore him two children: a daughter, Elisabeth in 1269,[1] and a son, Albrecht ("Apitz") in 1270.

When she discovered the adultery and the illegitimate births, Margaret left Wartburg on 24 June 1270 and went to Frankfurt am Main where she died on 8 August of the same year. The two younger sons, Frederick and Dietzmann were looked after by their uncle, Dietrich, Margrave of Landsberg. Henry, the oldest, disappeared in Silesia in 1282.

Albrecht married Kunigunde in 1274 and legitimised their children. When Albrecht intended to leave to Apitz the Landgravate of Thuringia and compensate his sons from his first marriage only with the Osterland (who included the inheritance of their mother) and the Palatinate County of Saxony, they began a war against their father. Frederick was captured by his father and was locked in Schloss Wartburg; however, he escaped one year later and continued the war against his father together with Dietzmann. During this time, in 1284, their uncle Dietrich of Landsberg died, and four years later, in 1288, Heinrich the Illustrious, Albrecht's father, also died. These deaths heightened the family disputes.

At the death of his father Albrecht became Margrave of Meissen, while his nephew Frederick Tuta - son of Dietrich of Landsberg - inherited the Margravate of Lausitz, which was lost by Albrecht's son Dietzmann in that year. Shortly after, Frederick captured his father Albrecht in battle. By the Treaty of Rochlitz (1 January 1289) Albrecht obtained his freedom after the renunciation of large parts of his lands. He retained Meissen himself, but finally sold it to Frederick Tuta. When, after his death (1291) his cousins Frederick and Dietzmann arbitrarily took possession of his lands, Albrecht -suffering financial difficulties- was compelled to sell Thuringia in 1293 to the German King Adolf of Nassau; in the contract, it was stipulated that the king could take possession of the lands after Albrecht's death. In the sale, Albrecht included Meissen and Osterland as his fiefs, despite the fact they were in the hands of his sons. Thanks to this, Adolf's successor Albrecht I of Habsburg was able to take possession of these lands, claiming that the contract of sale was legitimate and lawful.

Kunigunde of Eisenberg died on 31 October 1286. Four years later, on 1 October 1290, Albrecht married thirdly Elisabeth of Orlamünde, heiress of Nordhalben and widow of Hartmann XI of Lobdeburg-Arnshaugk. The same year, Apitz, Albrecht's son by Kunigunde, was formally legitimized by the Emperor and created Herr of Tenneberg.

On 11 April 1291 Apitz's younger full-sister, Elisabeth, married Heinrich III of Frankenstein; the marriage was short-lived and childless.[2] Elisabeth died on 28 September 1293.[3] Three years later (9 October 1296), Apitz married a sister of his brother-in-law Heinrich III, apparently also called Elisabeth.[4] This marriage, like his sister's, was childless.

Four years later (24 August 1300) Albrecht's eldest surviving son, Frederick, married Elisabeth of Lobdeburg-Arnshaugk, daughter of his stepmother; this make the final reconciliation between father and son. Five years later (27 June 1305) Apitz of Tenneberg died, aged thirty-five. The death of his favorite son was a terrible blow to Albrecht. He never recovered from the loss.

Two years later, in 1307, Albrecht finally resigned the Landgraviate of Thuringia and the County Palatine of Saxony to his son Frederick in exchange for an annuity. He died seven years later in Erfurt, aged seventy-four.

See also

References

  1. ^ E-Familytree.net
  2. ^ Genealogy Dates in Stoyan. According to this site Elisabeth and her husband had seven children.
  3. ^ ThePeerage.com. In this site Elisabeth's death is cited after 23 April 1326 and her husband is named Heinrich II, not III. Also, the death of Elisabeth's brother Apitz is cited on 27 June 1301, four years before the current date of the article.
  4. ^ Genealogy Dates in Stoyan
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Henry III
Landgrave of Thuringia
1288–1292
Succeeded by
Frederick I
Margrave of Meissen
1288–1292


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