Albert of Strzelce

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Albert of Strzelce (Polish: Albert strzelecki; after 1300 – around 25 September 1375), was a Duke of Opole during 1313–1323 (with his brother as co-ruler) and Duke of Strzelce since 1323 until his death.

He was the third and youngest son of Duke Bolko I of Opole by his wife Agnes, probably daughter of Margrave Otto III of Brandenburg. He was the second and last member of the Piast dynasty who bore this name (the first was a son of Władysław II the Exile).

Life[edit]

After his father's death in 1313 Albert and his older brother Bolko II inherited Opole, but because both are minors at that time, the regency was held by their oldest brother Bolesław the Elder until 1323, when they assumed the full government over his domains; however, soon after Albert and Bolko II decided to made the formal division of their domains: Bolko II retain the main city of Opole and Albert took Strzelce.

About his internal and foreign politics there are little notices. In 1327, he became a vassal of the Bohemian crown; but, for unknown reasons, he didn't paid homage to King John of Luxembourg with the other Silesian Dukes in Opawa. In 1326, he granted urban Privileges to the capital of his Duchy, Strzelce. He also supported financially the Cistercian monastery of Jemielnica, who was founded by his father.

It's unknown the exact date of his death. The last notice of Albert as a living person was around 1366, although some historians assumed that he died by between 1370–1375. He was buried in the monastery of Jemielnica, where his portrait is showed there until today.

Marriage and issue[edit]

In 1347, Albert married with Agnes (d. 27 May 1371), daughter of Count Burchard I of Hardegg, Burgrave of Magdeburg. They had one daughter:

  1. Elisabeth (b. ca. 1348 – d. by 17 April 1361), married bef. 1 December 1359 to Władysław the White, Duke of Gniewkowo.

After his death without male heirs, his lands were inherited by his nephew Bolko III, second son of Bolko II.

References[edit]

This article incorporates information from the revision as of 20 May 2009 of the equivalent article on the Polish Wikipedia.
Albert of Strzelce
Born: after 1300 Died: around 25 September 1375
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Bolko I
Duke of Opole
with Bolko II

1313–1323
Succeeded by
Bolko II
New division Duke of Strzelce
1323–1375
Succeeded by
Bolko III