Albert I, Margrave of Meissen

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Albert I
Margrave of Meissen
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Margrave of Meissen
Reign 18 February 1190 – 1195
Predecessor Otto II
Successor Emperor Henry VI
Spouse Sophie, daughter of Frederick, Duke of Bohemia
House House of Wettin
Father Otto II, Margrave of Meissen
Mother Hedwig of Brandenburg
Born 1158
Died 24 June 1195
Krummenhennersdorf
Burial Altzella Abbey

Albert I, the Proud (de: Albrecht I der Stolze) (1158 – 24 June 1195), was the Margrave of Meissen from 1190 until his death in 1195. His father was Otto II, his mother Hedwig of Brandenburg. He was a member of the House of Wettin.

His father did not intend to let Albert succeed him, preferring his younger brother Dietrich. Albert did not accept this and started a war against his father and brother. In 1188, he even took his father prisoner. Under the orders of Frederick I, he had to set him free but he was able to obtain the title. Nevertheless, the conflict with his brother continued as he tried to regain the margraviate.[1][2]

Otto II, Margrave of Meissen (1156–1190) and Albert, Margrave of Meissen (1190–1195); Fürstenzug, Dresden, Germany

After Albert died in 1195 with no children to succeed him. Meissen, with its rich mines, was seized by the emperor Henry VI as a vacant fief of the empire. Dietrich finally came into possession of his inheritance in 1198, following Henry's death in 1197.[2]


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  1. ^ Herbert Helbig (1953), "Albrecht I. der Stolze", Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB) (in German) (Berlin: Duncker & Humblot) 1: 168 , (full text online)
  2. ^ a b Heinrich Theodor Flathe: Albrecht I. der Stolze. In: Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB). Band 1, Duncker & Humblot, Leipzig, 1875, p. 276 (German)
Albert I, Margrave of Meissen
Born: 1158 Died: 24 June 1195
Preceded by
Otto II
Margrave of Meissen
1190–1195
Succeeded by
Emperor Henry VI