Albrecht VII, Duke of Mecklenburg

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Albrecht VII, Duke of Mecklenburg
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Albrecht VII, Duke of Mecklenburg
Spouse(s) Anna of Brandenburg
Noble family House of Mecklenburg
Father Magnus II, Duke of Mecklenburg
Mother Sophie of Pomerania-Wolgast
Born (1486-07-25)25 July 1486
Died 5 January 1547(1547-01-05) (aged 60)

Albrecht VII, the Handsome, Duke of Mecklenburg in Güstrow (25 July 1486 – 5 January 1547), was a minor ruler in North Germany of the 16th century. He also asserted claims to Scandinavian thrones based on the royal lineage of the House of Mecklenburg.

In the course of the so-called Count's Feud, the Free City of Lübeck involved Duke Albrecht in its alliance with various parties and offered him the Danish crown. King Christian III of Denmark, however, managed to keep his kingdom: Christopher, Count of Oldenburg, and Duke Albert were besieged in Copenhagen in 1535-1536 until they capitulated.

Marriage and children[edit]

On 17 January 1524 he married Anna of Brandenburg, a daughter of Joachim I, Elector of Brandenburg. They had the following children:


16. Magnus I, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
8. John IV, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
17. Elizabeth of Pomerania-Wolgast
4. Henry IV, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
18. Eric IV of Saxe-Lauenburg (= 26)
9. Catherine of Saxe-Lauenburg
19. Sophie of Brunswick-Lüneburg (= 27)
2. Magnus II, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin and Güstrow
20. Frederick V, Burgrave of Nuremberg
10. Frederick I, Elector of Brandenburg
21. Elisabeth of Meissen
5. Dorothea of Brandenburg
22. Frederick, Duke of Bavaria-Landshut
11. Elisabeth of Bavaria
23. Maddalena Visconti
1. Albrecht VII, Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
24. Barnim VI, Duke of Pomerania-Wolgast
12. Wartislaw IX, Duke of Pomerania-Wolgast
25. Veronika of Hohenzollern
6. Eric II, Duke of Pomerania-Wolgast
26. Eric IV of Saxe-Lauenburg (= 18)
13. Sophie of Saxe-Lauenburg-Ratzeburg
27. Sophie of Brunswick-Lüneburg (= 19)
3. Sophie of Pomerania-Wolgast
28. Bogislaw VIII, Duke of Pomerania-Stargard
14. Bogislaw IX, Duke of Pomerania-Stargard
29. Sophia of Holstein-Rendsburg
7. Sophia of Pomerania-Stargard
30. Siemowit IV, Duke of Masovia
15. Maria of Masovia
31. Alexandra of Lithuania
Albrecht VII, Duke of Mecklenburg
Cadet branch of the House of Mecklenburg
Born: 25 July 1486 Died: 5 January 1547
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Balthasar and
Magnus II
Dukes of Mecklenburg
with Henry V (brother) (1503–1520)
Eric II (brother) (1503–1508)
Balthasar (uncle) (1479–1507)
Succeeded by
as Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
Succeeded by
Henry V
as Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin
Preceded by
himself and
Henry V

as Dukes of Mecklenburg
Duke of Mecklenburg-Güstrow
Succeeded by
John Albert I